123A Course Material

PHYSICS 123A Winter 1998

Lecture Schedule

Reading assignments are in: PHYSICS by Resnick, Halliday and Krane; 4th Ed. (Wiley1992)
Chapters are shown in boldface followed by section numbers.

Homework assignments are to be handed in Monday morning at the end of the lecture.

This schedule may change is a the quarter develops

Week Lect Date Topics Reading
1 1-3 Jan 5-9 Pulses, waves, propagation speed, frequency, wavelength
Power, intensity, superposition, standing waves, resonance
Pressure waves, sound, decibels, standing waves.
15:3; 19:1-10
17:2; 20:1-4
2 4-6 Jan 12-16 HW1 due this week
Sound sources, beats and the Doppler effect for sound
Maxwell's equations and confined electromagnetic waves
Travelling electromagnetic waves and Maxwell's equations
20:5-7
40:1-4
41:1-3
3 7 Jan 19-23 HW2 due this week
Monday: Holiday; Hmwk due Wednesday
Energy and momentum of electromagnetic waves.
EXAM 1 Friday Jan. 23
41:4-5
4 8-10 Jan 26-30 No Hmwk due this week
Speed of light and doppler effect for light
Reflection and refraction of light; Huygens and Fermats principles
Planar mirrors and interfaces, total internal reflection, light pipes.
42:1-3
43:1-3
43:4-6
5 11-13 Feb 2-6 HW3 due this week
Spherical mirrors and interfaces, objects and images
Images for lenses
Optical Instruments
44:1-2
44:3-4
44:5
6 14-15 Feb 9-13 HW4 due this week
Interference and coherence
Interference and thin films
EXAM 2 Friday Feb 13
45:1-2
45:3-4
7 16-17 Feb 16-20 No homework due this week.
Monday:Holiday; Hmwk due Wednesday
Michaelson Interferometer
Single slit diffraction
45:5-7
46:1-2
8 18-20 Feb 23-27 HW5 due this week.
Diffraction from slit and cirular aperture
Double slit interference and single slit diffraction combined
Multiple slit interference and diffraction gratings
46:3-4
46:5
47:1-3
9 21-22 March 2-6 HW6 due this week.
Diffraction by crystal lattices and holograms
Polarization by absorption and by reflection
EXAM 3 Friday March 6
47: 4-5
48:1-6
10 23-25 March 9-13 HW7 due this week, will NOT be collected
More polarization
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48:5-7
Final Exam: Tuesday, March 17, 8.30 am-10.20 am, 1998.


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