Waves & Optics - Rice UniversityedX
What you'll learn on the course
PHYS201x follows introductory physics courses with a more detailed treatment of oscillators, waves on strings, and electromagnetic waves. In addition to deriving and solving the wave equation, mathematical methods will be introduced on making approximations, describing oscillations with complex numbers, and synthesizing functions with Fourier series. Optical reflection and refraction will be derived, as well as the lens equation and elements of geometrical optics. Optical interference, diffraction, and polarization will be covered in detail, including the role of diffraction in image formation. PHYS201x will have weekly video lectures that explain the material through detailed derivations and demonstrations. There will be weekly homework, a discussion forum, and two exams. Eight weeks of content will be presented, and one week devoted to each self-paced exam.
Jason Hafner Jason Hafner earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1998 under Richard Smalley for work on carbon nanotubes, and pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University with Charles Lieber. Dr. Hafner is currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy and of Chemistry at Rice, as well as an Associate Editor of ACS Nano. He has taught freshman and sophomore physics at Rice for the past eight years, and is a member of Rice's Center for Teaching Excellence. Lam Yu Lam Yu earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in 2006 under Douglas Natelson for work on single-molecule transistors, and pursued postdoctoral studies at the National Institute of Standard and Technology. He was an assistant professor at the University of Memphis from 2008-2012, where his lab studied nanoscale electromechanical switches.