May 11, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 363 - Optics

The mathematics of wave motion, electromagnetic theory, propagation of light, geometrical optics, and physical optics. Includes the experimental investigation of optical phenomena. Three class meetings and two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: MATH 173 and PHYS 113, or PHYS 123, or PHYS 183.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of geometrical and physical optics.
  • Apply concepts and principles, together with physical intuition and mathematical methods, to solve problems in optics. 
  • Identify quantities that characterize optical systems and their components, as well as how they are measured.
  • Develop some basic skills in experimental techniques and scientific working practices to measure optical quantities, and to analyze and interpret data.

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