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Lecture Notes & HW solutions

Lecture notes will be posted here shortly before and updated shortly after the corresponding lecture. The clicker questions (with answers) will be posted after the corresponding lecture. Notes are in pdf format.

 


Num. Date Subject Lecture notes

1 Jan. 19 The nature of light.
Reflection
Refraction: Snell's law

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2 Jan. 23 Total internal reflection
Dispersion
Plane mirrors
Concave spherical mirrors

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3 Jan. 26 Convex spherical mirrors
Thin lenses

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 4 Jan. 30
EM waves
Constructive and destructive interference
Coherence
Two slit interference

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5 Feb. 2
Two slit interference
Phasor picture
Thin film interference
Phase change in reflection
Reflected field amplitude

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6 Feb. 6
Interferometers
Huygen's principle
Single slit diffraction
Diffraction grating 

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7 Feb. 9
No Lecture (Snow day).

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8 Feb. 13 Multiple slit interference
Phasor diagams
Single slit diffraction: width of central peak

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 9 Feb. 16
Circular aperture diffraction diffraction limited image resolution Polarization: linear, circular
unpolarized light
Crossed polarizers: Malus' law

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10 Feb. 20 Polarization in reflection, Brewster angle
Intro to Special Relativity
Reference Frames

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11
Feb. 23 Intro to Special Relativity
Reference Frames
Postulates of SR
Speed of Light
Simultaneity


12 Feb. 27
Time Dilation
Length Contraction
Twin Paradox

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13
Mar. 2
Space-Time Diagrams
Lorentz Transformations
Twin Paradox in Detail
Ladder in Garage Paradox

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14 Mar. 6
Relativity:  Force, Energy, Momentum

Photoelectric Effect:
Photons, Work Function

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photoelectric effect sim

15 Mar. 9 Atomic Spectra
Wave-Particle Duality
Uncertainty Principle
Blackbody Radiation

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16 Mar. 20 Wave-particle duality
electron diffraction
Bohr atom

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2 slit interference


17
Mar. 23 Bohr Atom, Lasers,
Schrödinger Equation for a Free Particle

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18 Mar. 27
Schrödinger Equation
1D Quantum Mechanics
Particle in a Box
Tunneling
Harmonic Oscillator

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19
Mar. 30
3D Quantum Mechanics
Hydrogen Atom

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H-atom applets.


20 April 3
Zeeman effect
atomic transitions
electron spin
many-electron atoms
Pauli exclusion principle

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21 April 6
Periodic Table, X-ray spectra, Bonding and Molecules

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22 April 10 Molecular spectra
Crystals
Bloch waves
Electron energy bands
metals, semiconductors, insulators

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23 April 13 Free electron metals
Fermi-Dirac distribution
Semiconductors: doping
p-n Junction Diode

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24 April 17
Light Emitting Diodes
Diode Lasers
Solar Cells
Transistors
Nuclei

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25 April 20 Nuclei
Nuclear Physics
Radioactive Decays

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26 April 24 Half-life
Health Effects of Radiation
Radioactive Dating
Medical Imaging

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27 April 27
Nuclear Fission and Fusion.

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28 May 1
Particle Physics, Standard Model, Astrophysics and Cosmology

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