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Quote for thought:
"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the
of thinking that created them."
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Detailed Lectures, Reading and homework assignments:
Jan 17: Syllabus, questionnaries and optics pretest. Review HW #1 coming out.. Jan 19: Announcements and start Maxwell's equations Jan 24: More Maxwell. Retooling the class due to missing material. Reading summary Ch 9 Purcell due Jan 26: Various catch-up on energy and conservation HW #1 due Jan 31: Various catch-up on Poynting vector and conservation principals Feb 2: Final catch-up on Maxwell HW #2 due Feb 7 Electricity in media and boundary conditions. Reading summary Ch 10 Purcell due Feb 9 Electric materials. Multipole expansion. Feb 14 Magnetic materials and dipoles. Reading summary Ch 11 Purcell Feb 16 Ferro, para and diamagnetism. HW #3 due Feb 21 Boundary conditions and Fresnel Equations Feb 23 Radiation discussions. HW #4 due. Reading summary Ch 11 Griffiths due Feb 28Radiation and radiation reaction. Test #1 supplementary questions coming out. Mar 2 Prep for test #1 HW #5 due Mar 7 -- TEST #1 -- Concentrating on Ch 9-11 Purcell and Ch 11 Griffiths. Mar 9 --You need to have Pedrotti by today!!! Radiometry and optics history. Reading summary Ch 1-2 Pedrotti. MARCH 13-17 Spring Break -- No classes Mar 21 -- Geometrical optics Mar 23 -- More geometrical optics -- sign conventions, and prisms. HW #6 due. Mar 28 -- Optical instruments -- eyes and cameras and superposition. Reading summary Ch 3 Pedrotti (read 4 & 5). Mar 30 -- Modern physics leading up to lasers -- Wien max and Stefan-Boltzmann and BB -- oh my!! HW #7 due. Apr 4 -- Lasers and laser safety. Starting interference. Reading summary Ch 6 Due Apr 6 -- Interference applications. HW #8 due. Test #2 supplementary questions coming out. Apr 11 -- Optical Interferometry and applications. Apr 13 -- TEST #2 -- Chapters 1-6 Pedrotti Apr 18 -- Optical interferometry and Fraunhofer diffraction. Reading summary Ch 7-8 due Apr 20 -- Diffraction cases and the diffraction grating. HW #9 Due. Apr 25 -- Fresnel diffraction and start polarization. Reading summary Ch 11-12 due Final lecture selection topic. Apr 27 -- Basics of Polarization and applications. Test #3 coming out -- take-home exam. HW #10 due & Reading summary Ch 13 & 15 due. EXTRA CREDIT talk: Dr. Bob Stencel discussing optical interferometry in the US. Workman 101 -- 4 pm. May 2 -- Professor AWOL -- In-class optics post-test for extra credit!! May 4 -- Students' choice for lecture!!!Take home test #3 due - Chapters 7, 8, 11,12, 13 & 15. May 9/10 -- Final paper due -- print it out please. If these dates are bad, come arrange with me in person. FINALS WEEK -- FINAL is on: XXX day. Comprehensive Final -- all previous topics are fair game. If you have A's on the first and second exams you may skip it. If you are unsure if you qualify, come chat with me.