Module 9: Electromagnetic waves

Syllabus List of Modules Schedule Laboratories

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Web Material: The Production of EM waves

bulletObjectives:
bulletAfter completing this module, students will be able to show that electromagnetic waves are solutions to Maxwell's equations.  Students will know how to calculate the radiation pattern produced by an oscillating charge.  Students will be able to distinguish between unpolarized and polarized light.
bulletAdditional Material:
bulletSerway, Chapter 24
bulletAssignment:
bulletAssignment 18

 
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Web Material: Diffraction and interference

bulletObjectives:
bulletAfter completing this module, students will be able to calculate diffraction patterns produced by a single slit, two slits, and a diffraction grating.
bulletAdditional Material:
bulletSerway, Chapter 27

 
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Web Material: Thin Films

bulletObjectives:
bulletAfter completing this module students will be able to work problems involving interference from thin films.  Students will be able to calculate the maximum resolution of optical instruments.
bulletAdditional Material:
bulletSerway, Chapter 27
bulletAssignment:
bulletAssignment 19

If you miss having regular lectures, consider this video lecture.

bullet Lecture 27: Resonance, Destructive Resonance, Electromagnetic Waves, Speed of Light, Radio - TV, Distance Determinations using Radar and Lasers
bullet Lecture 28: Index of Refraction, Poynting Vector, Oscillating Charges, Radiation Pressure, Comet Tails, Polarization (Linear, Elliptical, and Circular)
bullet Lecture 33: Double-Slit Interference, Interferometers