This course is an introduction to optics.
Topics include geometrical optics are: reflection, refraction, Fermat’s principle mirrors, thin and thick lenses, Combination of lenses apertures fiber optics, prisms and dispersion, aberration, optical instruments, interference and polarization.
- 1. state the properties of e.m. waves
- 2. Differentiate between types of e.m. waves in terms of their wavelengths
- 3. Identify a source and use of each type of e.m. wave.
- 4. Compare the rival theories of light held by scientists(Theories of Huygens, Newton, Young, Einstein)
- 5. Conduct a Young’s double slit experiment to show that light is a wave
- 6. Conduct a Young’s double slit experiment to show that light is a wave
- 7. Apply the laws of reflection; and describe the formation of images in the mirrors
- 8. Describe how a prism may be used to produce a spectrum
- 9. Explain ‘critical angle’ and ‘total internal reflection
- 10. Illustrate the effect of converging and diverging lenses on a beam of parallel rays
- 11. Differentiate between real and virtual images
Books for this Course
- 1. Physics for Scientists and Engineers
- 2. Modern Physics, 5th edition