24155 Optics

Course Description

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.

Learning Objective

  • 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

Credits

    3

Books for this Course

  • 1. Physics for Scientists and Engineers
  • 2. Modern Physics, 5th edition

Times Offered

  • September
  • January
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