University of
Maryland
Department of Physics
273/273H  Introductory Physics / Waves
Prof. Hall  Fall 2013
 Course Info:

Applets and animations:
 David Morin's Oscillations and Waves:
 These nicely written and beautifully typeset lecture notes
match our course material rather well, so I encourage you to
make use of them.
 Oscillations
 Normal
Modes
 Fourier
Analysis
 Transverse
Waves
 Longitudinal
Waves
 Dispersion
 2D
waves and other topics
 EM
waves
 Interference
and Diffraction
 Intro
to Quantum Mechanics
 Exams
 The final exam will be held on Thursday, December 19th from
8 am to 10 am in Phys 1204.
 The following formula sheets will be included in the exam:
 Hints for studying for the exam:
 Homework:
 Homework #1, and solutions.
 Homework #2, and solutions.
 Homework #3, and solutions.
 Homework #4, and solutions.
 Homework #5, and solutions.
 Homework #6, and solutions.
 Homework #7, and solutions.
 Homework #8, and solutions.
 Homework #9, and solutions.
 Homework #10, and solutions.
 Homework #11, and solutions.
 Homework #12, and solutions.
 Lecture Notes:
 Week 1  Simple harmonic
oscillator and small oscillations.
 Week 2  Complex
exponentials, forced oscillator.
 Week 3  Damped oscillators,
Q factor, transients.
 Week 4  Electrical
oscillators, phasor analysis.
 Week 5  Two coupled
oscillators, normal modes, initial conditions.
 Week 6  Exam 1 review
 Week 7  Loaded string and
continuous string, classical wave equation.
 Week 8  Plucked string,
Fourier Series.
 Week 9  Fourier Transform,
traveling waves.
 Week 10  Mechanical
impedance, reflection, transmission, transmission lines.
 Week 11  Dispersion,
sound.
 Week 12  Exam 2 review.
 Week 13  Maxwell's
equations, EM waves.
 Week 14  Interference and
diffraction.
 Week 15  Final exam review