402 midterm exam will take place in class
on Thursday, March 16, 11 am - 12:30 pm.
The exam will cover
the content of lectures 1-11 and associated reading material. Emphasis will
be placed on material specifically discussed in class and in the lecture
The exam will be
“open book,” meaning that you may bring any course-related print
materials to the exam, including the text, lecture notes, graded homeworks, lab writeups, etc.
Electronic materials (laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) are not permitted.
Here are two sample
exams so you can see the style and length of past midterms: Spring
’16 , Fall
to Physics 402 !
Physics 402 is a
comprehensive course on the fundamentals of (mainly) classical optics,
covering concepts in geometric optics and action principles, matrix
techniques for ray tracing, mechanics of classical waves with emphasis on
energy and momentum, radiation, light in matter and optical dispersion,
polarization effects such as birefringence, wave packets, optical modulators
such as phase retarders, interferometry, Kirchhoff and Fresnel theories of
diffraction, nonlinear optics, holography, and basic concepts in quantum
This course is aimed
at advanced undergraduates and graduate students in Physics, Chemistry,
Materials Science, and other areas of science or engineering, who plan to
pursue research or a career in optics or who simply are interested in
deepening their knowledge of the subject. The purpose of this course is not
to teach all of optics, which could never be covered in a single course, but
to cover the foundations of the subject in enough depth to prepare you for
any area of specialization.