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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.
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).
(1) PHYS101; (2) MATH102 orEMTH118. These prerequisites may be replaced by a high level of achievement in level 3 NCEA Physics and Mathematics with Calculus orother background approved by the Head of Department. RP: (1) PHYS102; (2) MATH103 orEMTH119; (3) EMTH171 orCOSC121.
(1) PHYS102; (2) MATH103 or EMTH119; (3) EMTH171 or COSC121.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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Domestic fee $900.00
International fee $4,250.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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.