Courses: Waves and Optics (PHYSH213A01)

Fall 2010

Vibrations and waves in mechanical, electronic, and optical systems with an introduction to related mathematical methods such as functions of a complex variable and Fourier analysis. Topics include free and driven oscillations, resonance, superposition, coupled oscillators and normal modes, traveling waves, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, interference, and diffraction. Physics 211f, a related laboratory half-course, is normally taken concurrently and is required for majors.

Prerequisites: Phys 102 or 106 and Math 114 or 120 or equiv.

Fulfills: NA QU II


Physics (Web site)

Taught By

Walter Smith (Profile)


Haverford, Hlls 108

Meeting Times

MWF 11:30-12:30