Physics IV (Waves-Optics)

Course Information
TitleΓΕΝΙΚΗ ΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΙV (Κυματική-Οπτική) / Physics IV (Waves-Optics)
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorSotirios Ves
Course ID40002881

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physics (2012-today)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΜΑΥ201 Mathematics I
  • ΓΘΥ201 Physics I (Mechanics)
  • ΗΥΥ501 Applied Informatics Laboratory
  • ΜΑΥ202 Applied Mathematics I
  • ΓΘΥ501 Introductory Physics Laboratory
  • ΕΦΥ501 Electric Circuits Laboratory
Learning Outcomes
• Relate the key characteristics of individual natural phenomena. • Relate theory with everyday devices. • Βe able to couple everyday phenomena with corresponding theory. • To practice in the analysis and interpretation of experimental data.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Module 1. Elastic waves: Principles of wave motion, derivation of wave equation, harmonic waves. Module 2. Elastic waves: Mechanical waves, wave energy, exercises. Module 3. Propagation of elastic waves: Wave Superposition, phase and group velocity. Module 4. Propagation of elastic waves: Standing waves, beats, normal modes, exer-cises. Module 5. Sound Waves: Creation of sound waves, perception of sound waves, applications, exercises. Module 6. The wave nature and the propagation of light: The wave equation of elec-tromagnetic waves Electromagnetic waves in vacuum, Huygens principle, the laws of reflection and refraction, exercises. Module 7. Dispersion: Origin of dispersion, equation of dispersion, dispersion of light, exercises. Module 8. Geometric Optics: Introduction remarks, mirrors, thin lenses, prisms. Module 9. Polarization of light: The nature of polarized light, production and detection of polarized light, polarization in nature, applications, exercises. Module 10. Polarization of light: Definitions, representations and properties of linear, circular, and elliptical polarized light, natural light, exercises. Module. Interference and coherence of light: Spatial and temporal coherence, inter-ferometers (wavefront -, amplitude-splitting), coherent sources. Module 12. Interference and coherence of light: Basic interferometers, dielectric films, applications, exercises.. Module 13. Diffraction of light: Preliminary considerations, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction. Single slit diffraction, exercises. Week 14. Diffraction of light: Diffraction from typical apertures with high symmetry (rectangular - , circular- obstacles, grating), diffraction from many slits, spatial– and spectral– resolving power applications, exercises .
Wave, wave equation, interference, diffraction, polorization, dispersion, geometrica optics, ray, lenses, refracrtion
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
• PowerPoint presentations. • Short videos play of the corresponding natural phenomena or animations.(Origin, Mathematica) • Critical discussion.
Course Organization
Problem solving421.4
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Οπτική, Ε. Hecht, Εκδόσεις: ΕΣΠΙ ΕΚΔΟΤΙΚΗ Θέματα οπτικής, Ι. Σπυριδέλης, Εκδόσεις: ΖΗΤΗ
Additional bibliography for study
M. V. Klein, "Optics" J. Wiley & Sons, 1970 E. Hecht and A. Zajac, "Optics" Addison-Wesley, 1974 M. Born and E. Wolf, "Principle of Optics" Pergamon Press, 1970 Σημειώσεις Ε. Βανίδη
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