Experimental Physics III
Electromagnetic Waves, Optics and Modern Physics

Spring 2010, Sections 0201 and 0301  

Instructor: Robert W. Gammon
                        Room 1100, IPST Building
                        rgammon at umd.edu

                        Office Hours: Thursday TBD or by appointment

Teaching Assistants:     Section 0201 -  Nightvid Cole     email: ncole1 at umd.edu
Section 0301 -  Shantanu Debnath    email: sdebnath at umd.edu
Teaching Labs Coordinators:  Mr. Tom Baldwin Room
 Mr. Allen R. Monroe

    Required  books:

    The required text is Hecht,  OPTICS, 3rd or 4th Edition and Taylor, INTRO. TO ERROR ANALYSIS (and/or Bevington, DATA REDUCTION + ERROR ANAL. FOR PHYS. SCI.)   Both Taylor and Bevington can be any edition.  In addition you will need (ultimately) two lab notebooks, so that you have one to work in while the other is graded. Purchase the quad-ruled coop-style notebooks (brown covers) but avoid those with carbon paper. The Book Exchange and campus bookstore usually stocks these (though you may have to ask for help to find them) but Staples (check the item number via the web) has them cheaper.


    List of Experiments 


    Guidelines for Written Lab Reports  

    Notes on Error Analysis 

    Helpful Notes on Mathematica

    Quick Reference Manual for LoggerPro3

    University of St. Andrews (Scotland), PSST program that does ray diagrams


Reading Guidance:

by 25-Jan    Hecht 13.1.3, The Laser, pp. 589-597
by 1-Feb    For Homework problems,  read/review Hecht Chap 2 Wave Motion and read Hecht
                 3.2-3.3.3, Electromagnetic Waves, Energy and Momentum, Photons.   For Lab 1, read Hecht 4.3,
                 Reflection (note picture in upper right of p. 100),   4.4, 4.4.1 Refraction.
by 8-Feb  For homework and lecture, read Hecht 4.6 Electromagnetic Approach (i.e.
                 Electromagnetic waves): 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.6.3, 4.7 Total Internal Reflection, 4.7.1, and 4.10
                 on the Stokes treatment of reflection/transmission.
by 15-Feb For lecture and lab, read Hecht 5.1, 5.2, (focus position derived by Fermat's
                 Principle.  Prob. 5.5  describes the conventional ray tracing derivation of Eq. (5.8)),
                 5.2.3 Thin Lens Equation, 5.4, 5.4.1, 5.4.3,  5.7 Optical System Introduction, 5.7.3,
                 5.7.4, 5.7.5, 5.7.7.
by 22-Feb For lecture and lab, read Hecht 5.7.1 The Eye through accomodation, 5.7.6 The
by 1-Mar  For homework, lecture and lab, read Hecht 8.1, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3,8.1.4, 8.2, 8.2.1,
                 8.3.3, 8.5.1, 8.6, 8.6.1, {8.13.2, 8.13.3, and Table 8.5 on p. 375, on Jones vectors and
                 Jones matrices}.
by 22-Mar For homework, lecture and lab, read/review: Hecht 7, 7.1, 7.1.1-7.1.4, read Hecht: 7.3
                 all, 7.4 all, 9.4,  9.4.1.  Particularly for Lab4: read Hecht: 9 intro., 9.1, 9.4.2.
by 5-April For homework, lecture and lab, read/review Hecht {10.1, 10.1.1, 10.1.2, 10.1.3} is
                 background, {10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4 are the things you will measure in the
                 lab,  {10.2.5, 10.2.6} gives background on resolution of microscope/telescope limited by
by 12-April For homework, lecture and lab, read/review Hecht 11 on Fourier Optics - a powerful
                way to look at diffraction problems, 11.1, 11.2, 11.2.2, 11.3.3 through 3 slits.
by 19-April For lecture and lab, read/review Hecht 10.2.8 on diffraction gratings and 3.4.4 on
                atomic emissions of light.


Homework Assignments (subject to change )
 Homework #1   Due 2/1 -   is  posted on ELMS
 Homework #2   Due 2/8-                    "
 Homework #3   Due 2/22 -                "
 Homework #4   Due 3/8 -                  "
 Homework #5   Due 3/29 -                 "
 Homework #6   Due 4/12  -                "

Homework Solutions:  will be posted on ELMS

Questions, comments or suggestions can be sent to rgammon at umd.edu

CMPS  Department of Physics  University of Maryland

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