PHYS 143A Honors Waves, Optics, & Heat
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Class Notes: Lec.13 Lec. 47 Lec. 89 Lec.1011 a Lec.1213 Lec.14
HWs and Midterm: HW1 HW2 HW3 MT HW4 HW5
Solutions: HW1Sol HW2Sol HW3Sol MTSol MTDis
Math topics (optional): General ODE Fourier Integral
Physics topics (optional): Wave Equation by Dr. Tao Tuned Mass Damper
Instructor: Cheng Chin
Lectures: MWF 9:30‐10:20 am @ KPTC120
Office hours: MW 56 pm @ GCIS E107
Textbooks: Waves by David Morin
Laboratory administrators: Mark Chantell, Dave McCowan
Teaching and Lab Assistant: Ruchira Mishra Jinwei Chu Daniel Glazer Sharba Bhattacharjee
Discussion sessions (starting week 2): Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:20 pm @ Cobb 107
Please email Ruchira for an office hour appointment.
Homeworks, Midterm and Final:
All homeworks should be submitted to Canvas in the format of pdf before the deadline. They will be returned to the students on Canvas. Late policy for HWs and Lab reports: 10% per day. Midterm and Final will be in class.
Grade distribution: HWs 35%, Lab 25%, Midterm 20% and Final 20%
Class outline
Week  Date  Lecture  Text/Lab 

1  3/18 
Lecture 1: Harmonic oscillator Simple harmonic oscillator (Math) Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE) and complex number 
Chapter 1.1 
3/20 
Lecture 2: Damped harmonic oscillator (Math) Solving nonhomogeneous ODEs 
Chapter 1.2  
3/22 
Lecture 3: Driven oscillator Amplitude and phase 
Chapter 1.3  
2  3/25 
Lecture 4: Coupled oscillators Two coupled oscillators 
Chapter 2.1 and 2.2 
3/27 
Lecture 5: Normal modes Three coupled oscillators N coupled oscillators (Math) Eigenvalues and eigenvectors 
Chapter 2.3


3/29  Lecture 6: Normal modes  Deadline to change lab section (tkurns@uchicago.edu)  
3  4/01  Lecture 7: Wave equation 
Chapter 2.4 Lab: Wave Motion and Sound 
4/03 
Lecture 8: Spectral Analysis (Math) Fourier expansion and Fourier transform 
Chapter 3.1, 3.2, 3.3


4/05 
Lecture 9: Spectral Analysis Solving wave equation 


4  4/08  Midterm  Lab: Interference 
4/10  Lecture 10: Transverse waves  Chapter 4.1  
4/12 
Lecture 11: Reflection and transmission

Chapter 4.2  
5  4/15  Lecture 12: Longitudinal waves: Sound 
Chapter 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 Lab: Diffraction 
4/17 
Lecture 13: Electromagneitc waves EM wave equation

Chapter 8.2  
4/19 
Lecture 14: Electromagneitc waves (Math) Vector calculus 
Chapter 8.3, 8.4  
6  4/22 
Lecture 15: Wave phenomena Dispersion, Doppler effect and Shock waves 
Chapter 6.3, 7.2 Lab: Geometric Optics 
4/24 
Lecture 16: Geometrical Optics Interface and lens equation Applications of geometric optics 
Chapter 8.6, 8.8  
4/26 
Lecture 17: Interference What is light? Optical interference 
Chapter 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5  
7  4/29 
Lecture 18: Diffraction Double slit diffraction 
Lab: Polarization 
5/1 
Lecture 19: Diffraction Single slit diffraction 

5/3 
Lecture 19: Ideal gas Kinetic theory of ideal gas 

8  5/6 
Lecture 20: Heat engines Thermodynamics processes Carnot cycle 
Lab: Thin film interference 
5/8 
Lecture 21: Laws of thermodynamics Laws of thermodynamics 

5/10  Lecture 22: Entropy  
9  5/13 
Lecture 23: Heat transfer Heat transfer 

5/15 
Lecture 24: Thermal distribution Boltzmann distribution 

5/17  Lecture 25: Modern topics  
10  5/22  Final 10am12pm @ KPTC 120 (KPTC 211) 
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