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Physics 130

Optics and Thermodynamics

Credits: 4

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours lectures, 2 hours of laboratory

Prerequisite: Physics 12 with a C

Text: Paul A. Tipler, Physics for Scientists and Engineer, 6th Edition, Worth Publishers, 2008. Chapters relevant to the above topics are 13-20 and 31-33


Course Description:

This course provides a study of fluids, oscillations, thermometry, thermal properties of matter, heat, waves, sound, and geometrical & wave optics.


Course Outline:

Week   Description
1   Fluids
2  

Oscillations: SHM, Energy in SHM

3  

Oscillations: Damped Oscillations, Driven Oscillations and Resonance

4  

Traveling Waves: Simple Wave Motion, Periodic Waves, Waves in 3D

5  

Traveling Waves: Waves & Barriers, Doppler Effect

6  

Superposition and Standing Waves

7  

Temperature and Kinetic Theory of Gases

8  

Heat and the First Law of Thermodynamics

9  

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

10  

Thermal Properties and Processes

11  

Properties of Light

12  

Geometrical Optics

13  

Wave Optics

14   Final Exam

Evaluation:

Quizzes 5%
Mid-term exams 30%
Laboratory 20%
Final Exam 45%

Instructor:

Vladan Jovovic, B.Sc. (Belgrade), M.Sc. (Kragujevac), Ph.D. (Novi Sad)

Tara Todoruk, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Northern British Columbia)


Transferability: see www.bctransferguide.ca