Phy 159: Waves & Oscillations, Geometrical Optics and Wave Mechanics

Credit Hours: 3:00 (Level-1, Term-2, ME)


Waves & Oscillations: Differential equation of a simple harmonic oscillator, Total energy and average energy, Combination of simple harmonic oscillations, Lissajous figures, Spring- mass system, Calculation of time period of torsional pendulum, Damped oscillation, Determination of damping co-efficient. Forced oscillation, Resonance, Two-body oscillations, Reduced mass, Differential equation of a progressive wave, Power and intensity of wave motion, Stationary wave, Group velocity and phase velocity, Architectural acoustics, Reverberation and Sabine’s formula.


Geometrical Optics: Combination of lenses: Equivalent lens and equivalent focal length, Cardinal points of a lens, Power of a lens; Defects of images: Spherical aberration, Astigmatism, Coma, Distortion, Curvature, Chromatic aberration; Optical instruments: Compound microscope, Polarizing microscope, Resolving power of a microscope, Camera and photographic techniques.


Waves Mechanics: Principles of statistical physics, Probabilities, Classical statistics; Quantum statistics; Bose-Einstein statistics, Fermi-Dirac statistics and their applications; Fundamental postulates of wave mechanics, Time dependent Schrodinger equation, Schrodinger equation for one-electron atom and its solution.