Fall 2010

Physics 323: Introduction to Modern Optics

Chuck Bennett
RH 124E

Office Hours: 1:00p-3:00p T, TR
or anytime.
Note: Wednesdays and Fridays are Research Days. I am off campus on Wednesdays, but often on campus on Fridays. Feel free check by then too.

Text: Principles of Physical Optics, Bennett


Three quizzes @ 15% each
Final Exam: 15%
Homework: 40%

Test Schedule (approximate)

Quiz #

Material Covered


1 Chapters 1-3 TBA
2 Chapters 4-5.7 TBA
3 Chapters 5.8-6.3 TBA
Final Chapters 7, 9 + comprehensive Monday, 12/13, 8:00a-10:30a


Homework for Physics 323 will be conducted via the World Wide Web. See the link and info on

You must maintain a Homework Solutions Manual that records the calculations used to submit answers online. This will be an invaluable study aid for Quizzes and (especially) the Final Exam. It also allows me to help you effectively if you have questions. Always bring your Homework Solutions Manual when stopping by my office for help.

Grading Scale

Final averages will be rounded to two digits:

93-100 A
90-92 A-
87-89 B+
83-86 B
80-82 B-
77-79 C+
70-76 C
68-70 C-
58-67 D
0-57 F

Cluster 14

The goal of this cluster is to examine how biological systems transduce physical energies from the outside world into action potentials in the brain, and how those interpretations give rise to our perception of reality. To fully understand this process, one must study it from several primary disciplines like Physics, Psychology, Biology and Art. Full information on ILS Cluster 14 is at

Cluster 15

This course is a member of Topical Cluster 15, Mechanical, Electrical and Optical Inventions: Science and Societal
Impact. The theme of our cluster is inventions and their connections to science and society. There are numerous optical inventions such as lasers that have had enormous societal impacts which we will discuss in class. Full information on ILS Cluster 15 is at

The overall Cluster Goals are located at