20248 Waves and Optics

Credits: 4 intermediate credits in Physics

Prerequisites: none

Required: Differential and Integral Calculus I (or Infinitesimal Calculus I) and Differential and Integral Calculus II (or Infinitesimal Calculus II + Infinitesimal Calculus III), Ordinary Differential Equations I (or Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations), Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism

Recommended: Partial Differential Equations

Author: Oded Agam

The course deals with basic topics in waves and light theory, and addresses various wave phenomena and the equations that describe them on a high mathematical level.

Topics: Introduction; The vibrating string equation; Harmonic analysis; Dispersion; Two-dimensional wave equations; Geometric optics; Interference; Diffraction.