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PHYS422 — Spring 2017

PHYS422: Waves and Oscillation (PAST/FUTURE SEMESTER)


Spring, 3 Credit Hours


272H or 241

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Physics of waves and oscillations including sound, elastic waves, and electromagnetic waves such as light. Topics range from the theory of simple harmonic oscillators, transverse modes of a continuous string, and physical optics including interference, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, and resolution, to diffraction of X-rays and electrons by crystals. Optionally includes topics such as nonlinear waves and surface waves.


Ritchie, Ken


Textbook(s) for Spring 2017
Textbook(s) for Spring 2017
Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Vibrations and Waves (Mit Introductory Physics Series) A.P. French 1st (Sept. 30, 1971) 978-0393099362 CRC Required Text will be used 1st half of the semester
Optics Hecht 5 th 978-0133977226 Pearson Prentice-Hall Required Text will be used 2nd half of the semester.

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