Syllabus for Waves and Optics
Vågor och optik
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- 5 credits
- Course code: 1FA522
- Education cycle: First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
- Established: 2008-03-18
- Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
- Applies from: Autumn 2008
Mechanics II, Electromagnetism I or equivalent.
- Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Learning objectives of this course:
- to acquire skills allowing the student to identify and apply formulas of optics and wave physics using course literature.
- to be able to identify and illustrate physical concepts and terminology used in optics and to be able to explain them in appropriate detail.
- to be able to make approximate judgements about optical and other wave phenomena when necessary.
- to acquire skills allowing the student to organise and plan simpler laboratory course experiments and to prepare an associated oral and written report.
Short repetition of basic concepts within wave physics, mechanical/acoustical waves: superposition, standing waves, beats, Doppler effect. Electromagnetic waves and optics: reflection, refraction, dispersion, phase and group velocity, Geometrical optics, optical instruments. Polarisation, optical activity, birefringence. Interference. Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction. Holography. Examples of radiation sources.
Laboratory exercises in ray optics, wave optics, interference, polarisation. Project assignment and mandatory hand-in exercises in optics.
Lectures, exercise groups, laboratory exercises (attendance is mandatory), and project assignments.
Written examination at the end of the course (4 of 5 credits). Credit for the course requires passing the laboratory exercises (1 of 5 credits) which may include mandatory written and oral reports.
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Applies from: Spring 2012
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