Office hours: See the assignments page for current
You set the agenda for office hours. Come with questions about the lecture, reading, homework, exams, grading, or anything else of concern or interest. Come in groups or as individuals. If you would like to discuss something in private, please make a separate appointment with me.
The text (really a set of very nice notes written by Daniel Steck)
that we'll use for Optics, PHYS 324, is available on line at:
Content: This course covers principles of geometrical and physical optics. Topics include electromagnetic waves and their propagation in both isotropic and anisotropic media; interference, diffraction, and Fourier optics; coherence theory; ray optics and image formation; and, as time permits, an introduction to the quantum nature of light. Prerequisites: PHYS 201 and 306. The assignments page provides a schedule of course activities and will be updated regularly, you should check it often for reading and homework assignments.
Homework: Homework questions will be posted on the Physics 324 assignments webpage. You are encouraged to discuss the homework questions with one another but must write up your answers separately and in your own words. For additional help and discussion on the homework questions please stop by Mike's office hours.
TA: Alex Chartrand will be the teaching assistant for this course. He will provide additional help with the material, providing a different perspective on the concepts we are learning and helping you develop strategies for working problems.
Exams: There will be two in-class exams
the semester as well as a three-hour self-scheduled final
All exams will
homework: 30% total,Accommodations: Students who think they may need accommodations in this course because of the impact of a disability are encouraged to meet with me privately early in the semester. Students should also contact Stephanie Bell, Coordinator of Access Services, at 610-526-7351 or email@example.com, as soon as possible to verify their eligibility for reasonable accommodations. Early contact will help to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and delays.
midterm exams: 20% each,
final exam: 30%