For from the greatness and beauty of created things their original Author by analogy is seen.   Wisdom 13:5

PHYS 415
Fall 2016

Conversion Factors
Physical Constants

The objective of this course is to understand the physics of optics and how knowledge of optics has advanced physics and applications.

Topics include: Electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction, geometric optics, phasors, polarization, interference, diffraction, Fourier optics, magnetic resonance imaging, lasers and fiber optics.

The text is available from Amazon for less than $10. Used very good condition. ISBN 0-201-11609-X
After taking this course you will be able to;

  • Use matrix methods to describe ray propagation.
  • Understand optical imaging.
  • Use Fourier methods to describe time and frequency characteristics of light.
  • Understand polarization.
  • Describe the effect of diffraction on images.
  • Design optical filters.
  • Explain how magnetic resonance imaging works.
  • Use phasor methods to describe standing waves.
  • Explain the influence of optics on laser characteristics.
  • Understand spatial frequencies and Fourier optics.