Course Schedule
This schedule is tentative and subject to change as the semester evolves.
Week 
Topic 
Chapter 
Homework or Exam (Wednesdays) 
Dates 
1

Wave Motion

Ch. 2 
(none due) 
8/21, 8/23 
2

Light: Electromagnetic Waves and Photons

Ch. 3 
homework 1 
8/28, 8/30 
3

Propagation of Light

Ch. 4 
(none due) 
9/6, no class 9/4 
4

Propagation of light & Geometric Optics

Ch. 4 
homework 2 
9/11, 9/13 
5

Geometric Optics

Ch. 5 
homework 3 
9/18, 9/20 
6

Geometric Optics: Optical Instruments

Ch. 5 & 6 
homework 4 
9/25, 9/27 
7

Geometric Optics: Optical Instruments

Ch. 6 
Midterm 1 
10/2, 10/4 
8

Wave Optics: Polarization & Interference

Ch. 8 & 9 
homework 5 
10/9, 10/11 
9

Wave Optics: Interference & Diffraction

Ch. 9 & 10 
homework 6 
10/16, 10/18 
10

Wave Optics: Diffraction

Ch. 10 
homework 7 
10/23, 10/25 
11

Wave Optics: Fourier Optics

Ch. 12 
homework 8 
10/30, 11/1 
12

Coherence of Light

Ch. 12 
Midterm 2 
11/6, 11/8 
13

Modern Optics: Coherence & photon statistics

Ch. 12 (& TBD) 
homework 9 
11/13, 11/15 
14

Modern Optics: Lasers

Ch. 13 (& TBD) 
(none due) 
11/20, no class 11/22 
15

Modern Optics: Nonlinear Optics

Ch. 13 (& TBD) 
homework 10 
11/27, 11/29 
16

Modern Optics: Quantum Optics

Other material TBD 
homework 11 
12/4, 12/6 
Finals week



Final Exam 
12/15 
Homework
Assignments
HW 
Reading 
Problems (Hecht 5th edition) 
Due Date 
PDFs 
1

Chapter 2

From Hecht: 2.8, 2.39, 2.49, 2.54, 2.58 
08/30

homework , solutions 
2

Chapter 3

From Hecht: 3.23, 3.26, 3.31, 3.41, 3.50, 3.67, 3.66(E.C.); also problems 1 and 4b on pdf 
09/13 
homework , solutions 
3

Chapter 4

From Hecht: 4.8, 4.15, 4.23, 4.39, 4.54, 4.84, 4.36 is E.C. 
09/20 
solutions 
4

Chapters 4,5

From Hecht: 4.98, 5.6, 5.10, 5.12, 5.32, 5.37 is E.C.; also problem 2 on pdf; see pdf for some instructions 
09/27 
homework , solutions 
5

Chapters 5,6

tbd 
10/11 
homework , solutions 
Homework is due on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm (before class).
Late homework will be accepted for up to five days after the due date (when solutions will be posted). Late homework will drop by 10 points (of 100) for every day late.
The lowest homework score will be dropped.
Inclass Quizzes
In roughly half of the classes, students will take short (5 minute) opennote quizzes. These quizzes are to test understanding and guide both the students and instructor as to the comprehension of important concepts.
Quiz material should be straightforward if one is up to date with the homework assignments and attending lectures. Effort is counted!
Exams
There will be 3 exams2 midterms and a final. Exams are closedbook and closednotes, but students may bring a single page of notes prepared ahead of time.
Midterm and final exam dates are (tentatively):
Midterm 1: October 4, during class
Midterm 2: November 8, during class
Final exam: December 15, 10am12pm
These dates are subject to change.
Grading
The contribution to the final grade is as follows:
 Homework: 20%
 Quizzes: 15%
 Midterms: 40% (20% each)
 Final: 25%