|PDF version: ||Download syllabus and course schedule here. |
|Instructor: ||Jones |
|Email: ||firstname.lastname@example.org |
|Title: ||Waves and Oscillations |
|Offering: ||Spring, 3 credit hours. |
|Room : ||Phys 112 |
|Time : ||M,W,F 3:30-4:20 pm |
|Text:||A. P. French, Vibrations and Waves, M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series |
| ||Eugene Hecht, Optics - 4th Edition, Addison Wesley (strongly recommended) |
|Grading:||40% assignments, 30% midterm, 30% final
| ||Lowest assignment grade discarded. |
The physics of waves and oscillations including sound, elastic, and electromagnetic waves.
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, diffraction of X-rays and electrons by crystals. |
|Week of Jan 12 ||Introduction to free vibrations|
|Jan 19||Linear approximations (No class Monday - MLK jr. Day)|
|Jan 26||Damped oscillations|
|Feb 2||Forced oscillations and resonance|
|Feb 9||Coupled oscillating systems|
|Feb 16||Coupled systems of many oscillators|
|Feb 23||Waves in continuous media|
|Mar 27||(Friday) No class.|
|Mar 2||Impedance and reflections|
|Mar 9||Waves in 3 dimensions|
|Mar 12||(Thursday) Midterm exam - 8:00 pm, room 114 (not 112)|
| ||solutions - Distribution of grades.|
|Mar 16||No classes - spring break|
|Mar 23||Geometric optics I|
|Mar 30||Geometric optics II|
|Apr 13||Interference phenomena |
|Apr 20||Diffraction phenomena |
|Apr 27||Review |
|May 5||Final exam 1:00 pm, room 112|
| ||DRC testing in room 110 at 12:00 pm.|
| distribution of grades|
|Assignments:||Assignment 1 - Due February 2nd...
|Assignment 2 - Due February 9th...
|Assignment 3 - Due February 18th...
|Assignment 4 - Due March 6th...
|Assignment 5 - Due April 1st...
|Assignment 6 - Due April 10th...
|Assignment 7 - Due April 17th...
|Assignment 8 - Due April 29th...
|Lecture notes: ||are to be found here...|