PH 103 - Principles of Physics III - Spring 2004

The topics covered in this course include (a) electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, wave nature of light, (b) optical instruments, special theory of relativity, early quantum theory, models of the atom, quantum mechanics of atoms, (c) nuclear physics, radioactivity, nuclear energy, effects and uses of radiation, elementary particles, astrophysics, cosmology, and superstring theory.

 

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Set Chapter Problems Deadline for submission using WebAssign
1 22  7, 10, 25, 37, 40, 44 Thurs., Mar. 11  at 11:00 pm
2 23  4, 13, 27, 32, 42, 57, 68, 49 Thurs., Mar. 18  at 11:00 pm
3 24 4, 21, 27, 43, 49, 60 Tues., Mar. 23  at 11:00 pm
 
Class Activities - Click on the date to see the details.
Week Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Mar. 8 Mar. 10 Mar. 12
2 Mar. 15 Mar. 17 Mar. 19
3 Mar. 22 Mar. 24 Mar. 26
 

Comments on Test 1

  • Test 1 covers Chapters 22-24 but not sections 22-1 and 22-2.
  • Review your notes and the Web notes.
  • Look over the homework.  Often test questions are slight variations of the homework.
  • Review the chapter summaries.  If you have time, make out your own equation sheet, identifying all the symbols and the names of the equations, if any.
  • Equations and constants will be provided - but review what all of the symbols represent.  You will need to remember prefixes - pico, nano, micro, milli, kilo, mega, giga, tera.  You will need to know units.
  • Types of questions:  multiple choice, numerical problems, definitions, drawings, explanations
  • Can you describe an electromagnetic wave?  What was Ole Roemer's contribution to optics?
  • Do you know the 3 laws of reflection and refraction?  Can you draw ray diagrams (object, mirror or lens, image)?  Do you know the sign conventions for d0, di, r, f, R1, R2, h0, hi, and m?
  • What is the condition for total internal reflection?  What are some related applications?
  • Be able to describe the "mirage toy", rainbows, interference, diffraction and polarization.
  • Know what happens when light passes through a prism, Fresnel lens, single slit, double slit, or grating.

Here are some practice problems for Test 1.
   22: 11, 16, 36, 43
   23: 5, 14, 28, 33, 41, 51, 59, 69
   24: 5, 19, 28, 55, 61

Last update:  Mar. 24, 2004