Waves & Optics

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Course Description

PHYS201x follows introductory physics courses with a more detailed treatment of oscillators, waves on strings, and electromagnetic waves. In addition to deriving and solving the wave equation, mathematical methods will be introduced on making approximations, describing oscillations with complex numbers, and synthesizing functions with Fourier series. Optical reflection and refraction will be derived, as well as the lens equation and elements of geometrical optics. Optical interference, diffraction, and polarization will be covered in detail, including the role of diffraction in image formation. PHYS201x will have weekly video lectures that explain the material through detailed derivations and demonstrations. There will be weekly homework, a discussion forum, and two exams. Eight weeks of content will be presented, and one week devoted to each self-paced exam.

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Kevin G

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 4 months ago
Professor Hafner is really funny and provides really cool and interesting demos. He certainly makes learning physics fun and entertaining. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in math and physics. I learned plenty from this man! :)
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Yanting Teng

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 4 months ago
I took E&M by Prof. Hafner in senior year of high school, which is really well-structured and clear just like Waves&Optics. He's also very funny and does a lot of experiments through out the lectures. I'm studying physics at UIUC as a sophomore so the depth is not very deep for college students but his explanations for relatively complex conceptions are still amazing and I enjoy the lectures a lot!
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8/10 starsTaking Now
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3 years, 8 months ago
As always Jason's videos are superb and he is a master of explaining concepts . I think it is beneficial at second year mathematics as this course includes forming and solving non-linear differential equations from worded problems and Fourier analysis , although one can pass this course without , because the professor is a master at explaining all the mathematics along the way . I thus far completed the first half of this course and am determined to complete the rest . There weren't quite enough exercises for my likes , although what there was was sufficient for me to pass the midterm with 100% , yet i feel that i need a better mathematics background .
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4 years ago
Jason Hafner is really a great instructor, master of interleaving the most complex math concepts with funny breaks. The content is well structured and very deep, helping students to learn both low and high level concepts. The experiments are fun and memorable. Hafner is successful in exploiting the peculiarities of MOOCs technologies to improve the effectiveness of the learning experience.
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