PHYS 143A Honors Waves, Optics, & Heat
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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 and group velocity 
Chapter 6.3, Lab: Geometric Optics 
4/24 
Lecture 16: Wave phenomena Doppler effects, Aether, and shock waves 
Chapter 7.2  
4/26 
Lecture 17: Geometrical Optics Polarization 
Chapter 8.6  
7  4/29 
Lecture 18: Geometrical Optics Interface and lenses 
Chapter 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5 Lab: Polarization 
5/1 
Lecture 19: Diffraction Single and double slit diffractions 
Chapter 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5  
5/3 
Lecture 20: Diffraction Single and double slit diffractions 
Chapter 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5  
8  5/6 
Lecture 21: Ideal gas Kinetic theory of ideal gas 
Lab: Thin film interference 
5/8 
Lecture 22: Heat engines Thermodynamic processes 

5/10 
Lecture 23: Heat engines Carnot cycle 

9  5/13  Lecture 24: Laws of thermodynamics  
5/15  Lecture 25: Entropy  
5/17 
Lecture 26: Thermodynamic transport Heat transfer 

10  5/22  Final 10am12pm @ KPTC 120 (KPTC 211) 
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