Instructor : Dr Mumtaz Ali sheikh
Term : Fall 2010
Level : Undergraduate
Course Code : PHY 211
Course Status : Physics Core
Course Outline
Course Description
The first part of this course deals with mechanical vibrations and waves. Different phenomena such as superposition of vibrations, damped and forced vibrations etc. are explored for increasingly complex mechanical systems. Mechanical waves are introduced and the concepts of dispersion, reflection and refraction are described. The second part of the course is concerned with electromagnetic waves traveling at optical wavelengths. Propagation of these waves and their behavior at interfaces is explored. Interference is described as the superposition of two or more mutually coherent optical waves leading to instruments called interferometers. Finally, the effect of optical waves passing through different apertures is described in terms of the farfield or Fraunhofer diffraction patterns.
WEEKLY LECTURES, QUIZZES, HOMEWORKS AND EXAMS
Week  Starting Date  Lecture Notes  Quizzes  Homeworks  Exams 
1  23Aug2010  1–2  
2  30Aug2010  3–4  Quiz 1  HW 1 Solution 

3  6Sep2010  5–6  Quiz 2  HW 2 Solution 

4  13Sep2010  EidulFitr  
5  20Sep2010  7–8  Quiz 3  
6  27Sep2010  9–10–11  Quiz 4  HW 3 Solution 

7  4Oct2010  12–13  Quiz 5  
8  11Oct2010  14–15  Quiz 6  HW 4 Solution 

9  18Oct2010  16  Midterm  
10  25Oct2010  17–18–19  Quiz 7  
11  1Nov2010  20–21  Quiz 8  HW 5 Solution 

12  8Nov2010  22–23  Quiz 9  HW 6 Solution 

13  15Nov2010  EidulAzha  
14  22Nov2010  24–25  
15  29Nov2010  26–27  Quiz 10  HW 7 Solution 

16  6Dec2010  28  HW 8 Solution 
Final Exam  
18  20Dec2010  Makeup Final Exam 