Syllabus for Waves and Optics
Vågor och optik
A revised version of the syllabus is available.
- 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:
- Revised: 2022-02-08
- Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
- Applies from: Autumn 2022
60 credits science/technology. Participation in Mechanics II/Electrical Power Transmission Systems/Mechanics KF/Applied Mechanics I and Basics of Electrical Engineering III: Field Theory/Electromagnetism I/Electromagnetism, or this course can be taken in parallel.
- Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- account for fundamental quantities for waves and optics.
- identify, illustrate and explain physical concepts in waves and optics.
- describe and discuss technical applications of simple optical instruments.
- solve problems using suitable models, assumptions and approximations as well as be able to assess the results.
- plan and conduct simple experiments and give an oral and a written presentation of the results.
Mechanical/acoustical waves: wave functions, the wave equation, superposition, standing waves, beats, mechanical waves in different media, Doppler effect.
Electromagnetic waves and optics: Maxwell's equations, wave functions for plane waves, wave equations for E- and B-fields for propagating waves. The propagation of electromagnetic waves with reflection, refraction, dispersion, and phase velocity.
Optical phenomena such as polarisation, birefringence, coherence, interference and Fraunhofer diffraction. Examples of radiation sources and the interaction between radiation and the Earth's atmosphere.
Geometrical optics: Reflection in spherical surfaces, calculations of beam paths in thin lenses. Overview of optical instruments.
Laboratory exercises in polarisation, wave optics and ray optics.
Lectures, exercise groups, laboratory exercises (attendance is mandatory), and project assignments. The course makes use of subject integrated communication training with feedback and self evaluation.
Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits ). Laboratory exercises with written and oral reports (1 credit).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.
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Applies from: Autumn 2022
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Sears and Zemansky's university physics : with modern physics.
Young, Hugh D.;
Freedman, Roger A.;
Ford, A. Lewis;
Sears, Francis Weston
13th ed., international edition: San Francisco: Pearson Addison Wesley, cop. 2012
5. ed., Global Edition: Harlow: Pearson Education, c2017
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Autumn 2022, version 2)
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