PHYSICS 123B        Waves and Optics       Winter 1999

LECTURE SCHEDULE

  • Reading assignments are in:  PHYSICS   by Resnick, Halliday and Krane, 4th Ed. (Wiley1992)
  • Chapters are shown in boldface followed by section numbers.
  • Homework assignments are to be handed in Wednesday morning at the end of the lecture.
  • [ Note: This schedule may change as the quarter develops ]  

    Week  Lect  Date  Topics  Reading 
    1-3  Jan 4-8 
  • Pulses, waves, propagation speed, frequency, wavelength.
  • Power, intensity, superposition, standing waves, resonance.
  • Pressure waves, sound, decibels, standing waves. 
  • 15:3; 19:1-10  
    17:2; 20:1-4 
    4-6  Jan 11-15 
  • Sound sources, beats and the Doppler effect for sound. 
  • Maxwell's equations and confined electromagnetic waves. 
  • Travelling electromagnetic waves and Maxwell's equations 
  • HW1 due this week

    20:5-7 
    40:1-4 
    41:1-3 
    Jan 18-22 
  • Monday: Holiday.
  • Energy and momentum of electromagnetic waves. 
  • EXAM 1 Friday Jan. 22 
  • HW2 due this week

    41:4-5 
    8-10  Jan 25-29 
  • Speed of light and doppler effect for light. 
  • Reflection and refraction of light; Huygens and Fermats principles. 
  • Planar mirrors and interfaces, total internal reflection, light pipes. 
  • HW3 due this week.

    42:1-3 
    43:1-3 
    43:4-6 
    11-13  Feb 1-5 
  • Spherical mirrors and interfaces, objects and images. 
  • Images for lenses. 
  • Optical Instruments
  • HW4 due this week

    44:1-2  
    44:3-4  
    44:5 
    14-15  Feb 8-12 
  • Interference and coherence. 
  • Interference and thin films 
  • EXAM 2 Friday Feb 12 
  • HW5 due this week 

    45:1-2 
    45:3-4 
    16-17  Feb 15-19 
  • Monday:Holiday. 
  • Michaelson Interferometer. 
  • Single slit diffraction 
  • HW6 due this week. 

    45:5-7 
    46:1-2 
    18-20  Feb 22-26 
  • Diffraction from slit and cirular aperture. 
  • Double slit interference and single slit diffraction combined. 
  • Multiple slit interference and diffraction gratings
  • HW7 due this week. 

    46:3-4  
    46:5  
    47:1-3 
    21-22  March 1-5 
  • Diffraction by crystal lattices and holograms. 
  • Polarization by absorption and by reflection 
  • EXAM 3 Friday March 5.
  • HW8 due this week. 

    47: 4-5 
    48:1-6
    10  23-25  March 8-12 
  • Polarization 
  • Birefringence 
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • HW9 due this week 

    48:5-7 

      Final Exam: Wednesday, March 17, 2.30 pm-4.20 pm, 1999.


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