Waves And Optics
course is an introduction to oscillating systems and waves. Topics include:
free, clamped forced and coupled oscillations of physical systems, travelling
waves and wave packets, reflection, and interference phenomena.
course also provides an introduction to classical physical optics, in
particular interference, diffraction and polarization, and to the elementary
theory of lenses. The theory covered will be applied in the analysis of one or
more modern optical instruments.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
the end of this course, students should be able to:
Discuss the general view of the manifestation
of wave phenomena in general and optical systems in particular.
Explain a variety
of physical phenomena, including: vibration, examples of harmonic oscillators,
superposition, driven oscillations and resonance, coupled oscillators and
normal modes, normal modes of continuous systems, group velocity and wave
packets diffraction, interference, geometrical optics, wave properties of
Illustrate the wide applicability of vibration and wave
Account for the
physical intuition and experience with the mathematical description of physical