Professor Thomas Weinacht
Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy
Main Lab Telephone: (631) 632-4906
Department Fax: (631) 632-8176
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the Weinacht group
Ultrafast spectroscopy and coherent control

PHY 300: Waves and Optics

Fall 2014

Instructor Information:
Professor Thomas Weinacht - A-102 - 63(28163) - Thomas 'dot' Weinacht 'at' stonybrook.edu
Office Hours: Monday 10:00-11:00am
TA:
Spencer Horton - S-138 - Spencer 'dot' Horton 'at' stonybrook.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Scott Mills - A-105 - Scott 'dot' Mills 'at' stonybrook.edu
Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:00pm

Topics
Free Oscillations, Driven Oscillations and Resonance
Normal Modes for Coupled Oscillators and Continuous Media
Traveling Waves
Maxwell's Equations and Wave Equation for Light
Polarization, Reflection and Refraction
Coherence and Interference
Diffraction
Ray Optics
Gaussian Beams

Textbooks
Vibrations and Waves by A.P. French
Modern Optics by G.R. Fowles

Grading
Homework - 20%
Midterm Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Laboratory Work - 25%

Fourier Series Applets
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Problem Sets

(Due 09/09/2015)

French; Problems 1-1,1-2,1-5,1-6,2-1,2-2,2-3,2-4

(Due 09/14/2015)

French; Problems 3-1,3-2,3-3,3-13,3-18,4-3,4-5,4-10,4-13

(Due 09/21/2015)

French; Problems 4-16, 5-2, 5-4, 5-9, 5-10

(Due 10/05/2015)

French; Problems 6-1,6-2,6-6,6-11

(Due 10/12/2015)

French; Problems 6-12,6-14,7-1,7-2,7-3,7-4

(Due 10/19/2015)

French; Problems 7-5,7-6,7-8,7-9,7-16

(Due 11/02/2015)

Fowles; Problems 1.2,1.3,1.5,1.6

(Due 11/09/2015)

Fowles; Problems 2.8,2.10,2.12,2.16

(Due 11/16/2015)

Fowles; Problems 3.6,4.1 (see 4.9 and 4.20),4.5

(Due 11/23/2015)

Fowles; Problems 4.7,4.8,5.4,5.9,5.12,5.14

(Due 11/30/2015)

Fowles; Problems 10.5,10.6,10.7


Labs

Error Propagation Notes
Lab 1 (Performed Week of 09/07/2015)
Lab 2 (Performed Week of 09/14/2015)
Lab 3 (Performed Week of 09/21/2015)
Lab 4 (Performed Week of 09/28/2015)
Lab 5 (Performed Week of 10/12/2015)
Lab 6 (Performed Week of 10/19/2015)
Lab 7 (Performed Week of 11/02/2015)
Lab 8 (Performed Week of 11/09/2015)
Lab 9 (Performed Week of 11/16/2015)
Lab 10 (Performed Week of 11/23/2015)

Makeup labs will be performed in the last week of classes (week of May 5)


Solutions

Practice Midterm Solutions
Midterm Solutions
Solution 1
Solution 2
Solution 3
Solution 4
Solution 5
Solution 6
Solution 7
Solution 8
Solution 9
Solution 10
Solution 11

Reading
Jan 27 French Chapter 1
Jan 29 French Chapter 2 pgs 19-28, Chapter 3 pgs 41-64
Jan 31 French Chapter 3 pgs 62-70
Feb 3 French Chapter 4 pgs 77-92
Feb 5 French Chapter 5 pgs 119-132
Feb 7 French CHapter 5 pgs 132-153
Feb 10 French CHapter 5 pgs 132-153
Feb 12 French Chapter 6 pgs 161-167
Feb 14 French Chapter 6 pgs 161-167
Feb 17 French Chapter 6 pgs 170-181
Feb 19 French Chapter 6 pgs 189-196
Feb 21 French Chapter 7 pgs 201-229
Feb 24 French Chapter 7 pgs 201-229
Feb 26 French Chapter 8 pgs 253-259 Fowles chapter 1
Feb 28 French Chapter 8 pgs 253-259 Fowles chapter 1
Mar 3 MIDTERM EXAM
Mar 5 Fowles Chapter 2
Mar 7 Fowles Chapter 2
Mar 10 Fowles Chapter 2 pages 22-33
Mar 12 Fowles Chapter 2 pages 33-38
Mar 14 Fowles Chapter 2 pages 33-38
Mar 24 Fowles Chapter 2 pages 38-46
Mar 26 Fowles Chapter 3 pages 63-66
Mar28 FOwles Chapter 4 pages 86-96
Mar 31 Fowles Chapter 4 pages 96-102
April 2 Fowles Chapter 5
April 4 Fowles Chapter 5 pages 106-125
April 7 Fowles Chapter 10 pages 294-299
April 9 Fowles Chapter 10 pages 297-300
April 11 Fowles Chapter 10 pages 300-305

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