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Instructor:  Jones 
Email:  mjones@physics.purdue.edu 
Title:  Waves and Oscillations 
Offering:  Spring, 3 credit hours. 
Room :  Phys 112 
Time :  M,W,F 3:304:20 pm 
Prerequisites: 
Phys 272H,
Phys 241 
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. 
Description: 
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 Xrays and electrons by crystals. 
Schedule: 
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 6  Polarization 
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 2^{nd}...
Solutions.

 Assignment 2  Due February 9^{th}...
Solutions.

 Assignment 3  Due February 18^{th}...
Solutions.

 Assignment 4  Due March 6^{th}...
Solutions.

 Assignment 5  Due April 1^{st}...
Solutions.

 Assignment 6  Due April 10^{th}...
Solutions.

 Assignment 7  Due April 17^{th}...
Solutions.

 Assignment 8  Due April 29^{th}...
Solutions.

Lecture notes:  are to be found here... 