PHYSICS 304 - OPTICS - Science 258 - 3 Credit Hours

PHYSICS 304 - OPTICS - Science 258 - 3 Credit Hours
Spring Semester 2007, MW 4:00 - 5:15
Ralph Oberly, S254, S253, 696-2757,
Text: Pedrotti3, INTRODUCTION TO OPTICS, 3rd ED.
Prerequisites: PHY 203, PHY 204
Physics 405/505 is a laboratory course to accompany this lecture
course. Students are strongly urged to take both courses
together as they are meant to compliment each other in material
January 8, 10,
1 & 2 Review & Geometrical Optics
January 15
No classes - Martin Luther King Day
January 17
3 Optical Instruments
January 22, 24
4 Wave Equations
January 29
5 Superposition Principle
January 31, February 5
6 Laser Properties
February 7, 12
7 Interference
February 14, 19
8 Interferometry
February 26...........Exam on chapters 1 - 8
February 21, 28
10 Fiber Optics
March 5, 7
11 Fraunhofer Diffraction
March 12
12 Diffraction Grating
March 14, 26
15 Polarization
March 16
March 19 - 23
No classes – Spring Break
March 28
16 Holography
April 2, 4, 9
18 Matrix Optics
April 4
Ass. Day – no classes before 4:00
April 16.........Exam on chapters 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18
April 11
April 18, 23
April 25
21 Fourier Optics
26 Laser Optics
24 & 28, Nonlinear Optics, Modern Appl.
Monday, April 30, 4:00-6:00 - Comprehensive Final Exam
This schedule will be followed as closely as possible.
Problem assignments for each chapter will be given out in class.
Students are expected to work all assigned problems. Selected
problems from the assigned list will be collected and graded.
Physics 304 – Optics – Spring 2007 – Syllabus
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Course Grade: Your course grade will be determined by your
scores on two exams (100 points each), your percentage on the
collected problems (100 points), and the comprehensive final exam
(200 points). Students are expected to attend all classes as
demonstrations are an important part of the course. No specific
grade is assigned to attendance but students ending up on a grade
borderline will not get the benefit of the doubt if they have
missed many classes. If a dispute exists on attendance see the
University attendance policy posted on the instructor’s door.
Student attention during the class period should be directed
to the physics being discussed in class. Cell phones, beepers
and any other communication devices should not be active in the
classroom, especially on exam days.
Office hours:
MWF 10:00-11:30, T 3:00-4:00, MW 2:00-3:30
Each student is expected to learn concepts and problem solving
techniques in the areas of simple optical elements (lenses, mirrors, fibers,
prisms, gratings, polarizers, etc.), complex optical equipment
(monochromators, interferometers, optical image processors, lasers, etc.), and
selected applications of these elements and equipment. The student is
expected to solve problems relative to the assigned work. Students are
encouraged to work in teams on homework assignments even though the work is
turned in individually. Applications of the course material will be discussed
and related to current commercial and research devices using optical and
electro-optical principles. Some examples are optical scanners, CD readers,
corrective lenses and reading glasses, holograms, and fiber communications.
Topics are selected based on available time and faculty/student interest.
This is primarily an algebra and trigonometry based course with some
references to calculus operations and matrix algebra where absolutely
necessary. Students are expected to think in logical and quantitative ways.
Exams will consist of relevant conceptual and problem solving questions.
Students are encouraged to use mathematics software in solving some problems
such as the matrix multiplication for ray propagation during translation,
reflection, and refraction of optical rays.
Students are expected to ask questions during class or after class on
concepts and techniques that bother them. Students are strongly encouraged to
work on problem assignments together. Work turned in for grading should be
written out in each student’s own solution.