Course Schedule

Here is an outline of the expected structure of the course. This is the first time that I have taught the course in this form so this is going to be only a rough guide. It is likely to be fairly accurate at first and to get steadily less and less tied to reality the further out into the future you go.

Note the following abbreviations.

• HRW n:l-m Halliday Resnick and Walker, read sections l-m in chapter n
• Tay n Taylor, read chapter n (or more than one if more than one number)
• AdvM m:n-p Advanced Mathematics, read complete sections on pages given
and explore the examples later on that are relevant to those sections.

 Week: Topics Readings Laboratory 1: 1/17 Reflection & Refraction Geometric Optics HRW 34 Tay 1 & 2 Snell's Law 2: 1/24 Electrostatics: E Fields & Vector Addition HRW 21 & 22 AdvM 5:121-126 Tay 3 Lenses & Images 3: 1/31 Electrostatics: Potential and Energy HRW 24 Tay 4 Electrostatics 4: 2/7 Electrodynamics I'm thinking! E-field mapping 5: 2/14 Mass on spring Intro. to differential equations HRW 15:1-7 AdvM 2:38-42 Mid-term Exam I 6: 2/21 Driven oscillators and resonance Inhomogeneous Linear ODEs HRW 15:8-9 AdvM 3:71-74 Pendulum & Energy 7: 2/28 Coupled Oscillators, Coupled Linear ODEs Boundary Conditions & Superposition Pendulum measuring g 8: 3/7 Waves on a string, Wave Equation, Partial Differential Equations HRW 16:1-7 AdvM 12:258-261 Resonance I Spring Break 9: 3/28 1-D Wave Equation, Normal Modes, & Superposition Fourier Ideas HRW 16:8-13 HRW 17:1-4 Resonance II Driven Osc. & Q 10: 4/4 Waves, non-standing waves Fourier Series HRW 17:5-10 AdvM 7:182-184 Mid-Term Exam II 11: 4/11 Waves in >1-D, Light, Interference Phase, Complex Representations HRW 35:1-4 AdvM 7:184-185 Standing Waves on String 12: 4/18 Interference, Multiple Slits, Interferometers Phasors HRW 35:5-8 Speed of Sound 13: 4/25 Diffraction, Slits and Edges, Intensity Phase Integrals HRW 36:1-10 Wavelength of Light with a Ruler 14: 5/2 Matter waves Ideas of a wave function and probability HRW 38:1-6 Interference & Diffraction 5/13 Final Exam 02:00-5:00 pm.