PHYS205-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Waves, Optics and Mechanics

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

In this course we study the physics of wave oscillations and their applications in numerous different physical systems. The geometric theory of image formation is developed and applied to various optical instruments. We will study interference and diffraction problems using Fourier techniques. Its use in optical instruments such as diffraction grating spectrometers, interferometers and lasers is highlighted. The course will provide a deeper understanding of mechanics than addressed at 100-level, particularly the motion of rotating bodies and the application of these ideas to real-world systems such as the weather and orbits. This course also contains an introduction to scientific programming and numerical methods using Matlab.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will:
  • Have acquired an understanding of the importance of wave phenomena in the physical world (exam assessment).
  • Have mastered the mathematical formalism used to describe oscillatory systems (exam and assignment assessment).
  • Be able to solve imaging problems in geometric optics (exam and assignment assessment).
  • Be able to apply Fourier techniques to solve diffraction problems in physical optics (exam and assignment assessment).
  • Be familiar with key modern developments in optics (exam assessment).
  • Have gained a thorough knowledge of the motion of orbits and rotating bodies and understand how to make use of rotating frames of reference to determine the motion of objects on the surface of the Earth (exam and assignment assessment).
  • Demonstrate competency to solve appropriate physics problems in the concepts of the course (exam and assignment assessment).
  • Demonstrate writing and associated communication skills (exam and assignment assessment).

Pre-requisites

(1) PHYS101; (2) MATH102 or EMTH118. These prerequisites may be replaced by a high level of achievement in level 3 NCEA Physics and Mathematics with Calculus or other background approved by the Head of Department. RP: (1) PHYS102; (2) MATH103 or EMTH119; (3) EMTH171 or COSC121.

Restrictions

PHYS201, PHYS202

Recommended Preparation

(1) PHYS102; (2) MATH103 or EMTH119; (3) EMTH171 or COSC121.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 A4 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 F1 Lectorial 18 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 24 Mar
1 Apr - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 E6 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 12 May
20 May - 2 Jun
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 West 701 25 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 31 Mar
Drop in Class B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 West 701 25 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 31 Mar
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre 25 Mar - 31 Mar
02 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 West 213A 25 Mar - 31 Mar
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 E9 Lecture Theatre 13 May - 19 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jon-Paul Wells

Lecturer

Jenni Adams

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 50%
Homework 20% 10 homework assignments (best of 9) handed in every week to the PHYS205 dropbox (5th floor of the West building)
Tutorial 5% Attendance and participation in a minimum of 10 tutorials
Term One Test 12.5%
Term Two Test 12.5%

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Additional Course Outline Information

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $883.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.

All PHYS205 Occurrences

  • PHYS205-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019