Physics 334: Radiation and Optics
last updated: April 12, 2018
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I have a heavy travel schedule this semester.  Please read here to stay on top of
due dates and activities for the class.  I will use this webpage only for class.


Class meeting time:  T/Th 11:00-12:15 Workman 310

HW: Due in Workman Office (357) or Physics mailbox by 4:30 pm on day of assignment

Contact Info: M. Creech-Eakman, Workman 357, X5809, michelle.creecheakman   -at-

Office hours: Office hours posted on the door or by appt. (email me at above address) -- note I have a heavy travel schedule this semester

and will be gone several times.  Generally Tuesday morning and Wed afternoon are the best times to catch me.

Main books: Electrodynamics, 4rd edition, Griffiths and Introduction to Optics, 3rd Ed., Pedrotti, Pedrotti and Pedrotti

Click here for a pdf copy of the syllabus.

Click here for a pdf copy of Griffiths for those of you with the international edition.

Quote for thought:
"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."
--Albert Einstein

I have other science quotes here if you are seeking inspiration.

Detailed Lectures, Reading and homework assignments:

Jan 16: Syllabus, questionnaries and optics pretest. Review HW #1 coming out. - Ms. Baylis is covering class. Prof. AWOL.
Jan  18:  Announcements and review Maxwell's equations.
Jan 23: Conservation laws. Reading Summary Ch 8 Due.
Jan 25: Finish up conservation laws. HW #1 Due.
Jan 30: Start EM waves.  Reading Summary Ch 9 Due.
Feb 1: Extra Credit #1 Due.  Ms. Baylis runs a recitation section.   Prof AWOL
Feb 6: Interactions with media.  Absorption and dispersion. HW #2 Due.
Feb 8: Finish EM waves. Reading Summary Ch 10 preferred..
Feb 13: EM waves example.  Start gauge theory & retarded pot'ls. HW #3 Due & RS Ch 10 due.
Feb 15: Continue Ch 10 material.  Brief review for test #1.
Feb 20:  Prof AWOL  Test #1 - Ch 8 & 9 -- in class only exam -- Griffiths.  Dr. Guth will give it.
Feb 22: Finish Ch 10 examples and discussions.  Reading Summary Ch 11 (Radiation) Due.
Feb 27: Start radiation.  HW #4 Due.
Mar 1:  Continue radiation with examples.  
Mar 6:  Finish up radiation.
Mar 8:  Radiation examples.  Start discussing optics.  HW #5 Due.
March 12-16 -- Spring Break -- No classes
Mar 20: Prof. AWOL again.  Work on your papers.  
Chapters 1-4 Pedrotti Reading summary -- only 4 single-sided pages max!!  Turn in to my mailbox please.

Mar 22: Geometric optics examples.  Start Ch 3 topics in Ped.
Mar 27: More optical devices examples.
HW #6 Due.
Mar 29:  Reading Summary Ch 5-6 Pedrotti.  Extra Credit #2 Due.
Apr 3:  Test #2 - Ch 10 & 11 Griffiths, Ch 1-2 Pedrotti.
Apr 5:  Optical devices and wave superposition. Start lasers.
Apr 10: Finish up basics on lasers.   HW #7 Due
Apr 12: Laser example.  Start interfererence.  Reading Summary Ch 7-8 (Inter. and Optical Inter.) Pedrotti.
Apr 17: Interference, F-P's and optical interferometry.
Apr 19: Some coherence.  Diffraction basics. HW #8 Due.
Apr 24: Diffraction gratings and Fraunhofer v. Fresnel.. Reading Summary Ch 10, 11 & 12 (Double counted) (diffraction chapters) Pedrotti.
Apr 26:  
Test #3 -- Ch 3-8 in Pedrotti
May 1: Mini lectures:  Polarization and fibers. HW #9 Due.  Final paper due this week -- print it out please.

May 4-10 Finals week 
FINALS WEEK -- FINAL is on Saturday, May 5 at 9 AM in our regular classroom.  Comprehensive Final -- all previous topics are fair game.  If you are unsure if you qualify based on previous exam scores, to skip the final come chat with me.
  It will be 1/3 new material, 2/3rds review
and you may bring one page, both sides, to the final.