PDF version:  Download syllabus and course schedule here. 
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 11  Introduction to free vibrations 
Jan 18  Linear approximations (No class Monday  MLK jr. Day) 
Jan 25  Damped oscillations 
Feb 1  Forced oscillations and resonance 
Feb 8  Coupled oscillating systems 
Feb 15  Coupled systems of many oscillators 
Feb 22  Waves in continuous media 
Feb 29  Waves in 3 dimensions 
Mar 8  Impedance and reflections 
Mar 10  (Thursday) Midterm exam  Solutions  Distribution of grades 
Mar 14  No classes  spring break 
Mar 21  Geometric optics I 
Mar 28  Geometric optics II 
Apr 4  Polarization 
Apr 11  Interference phenomena 
Apr 18  Diffraction phenomena 
Apr 25  Review 
May 3  Final exam  Tuesday, May 3, 7:009:00 pm 

Assignments:  Assignment 1  Due January 22^{nd}... Solutions.

 Assignment 2  Due January 29^{th}... Solutions.

 Assignment 3  Due February 5^{th}... Solutions.

 Assignment 4  Due February 12^{th}... Solutions.

 Assignment 5  Due February 26^{th}... Solutions.

 Assignment 6  Due April 1^{st}... Solutions.

 Assignment 7  Due April 8^{th}...Solutions.

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

Lecture notes:  are to be found here... 