Waves and Optics

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 far-field or Fraunhofer diffraction patterns.


WEEKLY LECTURES, QUIZZES, HOMEWORKS AND EXAMS

Week Starting Date Lecture Notes Quizzes Homeworks Exams
1 23-Aug-2010 12
2 30-Aug-2010 34 Quiz 1 HW 1
Solution
3 6-Sep-2010 56 Quiz 2 HW 2
Solution
4 13-Sep-2010 Eid-ul-Fitr
5 20-Sep-2010 78 Quiz 3
6 27-Sep-2010 91011 Quiz 4 HW 3
Solution
7 4-Oct-2010 1213 Quiz 5
8 11-Oct-2010 1415 Quiz 6 HW 4
Solution
9 18-Oct-2010 16 Midterm
10 25-Oct-2010 171819 Quiz 7
11 1-Nov-2010 2021 Quiz 8 HW 5
Solution
12 8-Nov-2010 2223 Quiz 9 HW 6
Solution
13 15-Nov-2010 Eid-ul-Azha
14 22-Nov-2010 2425
15 29-Nov-2010 2627 Quiz 10 HW 7
Solution
16 6-Dec-2010 28 HW 8
Solution
Final Exam
18 20-Dec-2010 Makeup Final Exam