Physics 42200 - Waves and Oscillations

Course description:

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Instructor: Jones
Title: Waves and Oscillations
Offering: Spring, 3 credit hours.
Room : Phys 112
Time : M,W,F 3:30-4:20 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 X-rays and electrons by crystals.
Week of Jan 11 Introduction to free vibrations
Jan 18Linear approximations (No class Monday - MLK jr. Day)
Jan 25Damped oscillations
Feb 1Forced oscillations and resonance
Feb 8Coupled oscillating systems
Feb 15Coupled systems of many oscillators
Feb 22Waves in continuous media
Feb 29Waves in 3 dimensions
Mar 8Impedance and reflections
Mar 10(Thursday) Midterm exam - Solutions - Distribution of grades
Mar 14No classes - spring break
Mar 21Geometric optics I
Mar 28Geometric optics II
Apr 4Polarization
Apr 11Interference phenomena
Apr 18Diffraction phenomena
Apr 25Review
May 3Final exam - Tuesday, May 3, 7:00-9:00 pm
Assignments:Assignment 1 - Due January 22nd... Solutions.
Assignment 2 - Due January 29th... Solutions.
Assignment 3 - Due February 5th... Solutions.
Assignment 4 - Due February 12th... Solutions.
Assignment 5 - Due February 26th... Solutions.
Assignment 6 - Due April 1st... Solutions.
Assignment 7 - Due April 8th...Solutions.
Assignment 8 - Due April 29th... Solutions.
Lecture notes: are to be found here...