PHSX 327 -- Optics Spring 2017

Instructor: Paul Janzen
Office: CHCB 128
Office hours: M 10:00 - 11:00, MW 4:00 - 5:00, F 1:00 - 3:00, and by appointment
Phone: 243-2374
Text: Introduction to Optics, 3rd ed. by Pedrotti, Pedrotti, and Pedrotti (Prentice Hall, 2007).
Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:50 AM in CHCB 230
Prerequisite: PHSX 311 Oscillations and Waves


To study a wide range of optical phenomena using three distinct but complementary theoretical models: geometric optics, wave optics, and quantum optics.

To understand the underlying physical principles of optical phenomena as well as the relevant mathematical tools for their analysis.

Learning Outcomes:



Problem sets (approximately weekly); some reading assignments.


Two midterm exams (Tue Feb 28 and Tue Apr 11)
Closed book but each student is permitted to bring one 4"x6" card.

One final exam (8 AM, Monday May 8)
Closed book but each student is permitted to bring three 4"x6" cards.


Problem Sets: 20%
Midterm Exams: 40% (20% each)
Final Exam: 40%


Course Add/Drop can be performed online until February 10.Add/Drop can be performed with the instructor's and advisor's signatures until April 3.

All students must practise academic honesty. Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the course instructor and/or a disciplinary sanction by the University. All students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code. The Code is available for review online at

Students with disabilities may request reasonable modifications by contacting me. The University of Montana assures equal access to instruction through collaboration between students with disabilities, instructors, and Disability Services for Students. ``Reasonable'' means the University permits no fundamental alterations of academic standards or retroactive modifications.

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Paul Janzen 2017-01-27