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
of thinking that created them."
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 AWOLTest #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.