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PHYSICAL AND GEOMETRIC OPTIC (2 cr.)
This course introduces principles of physical optics in which light is treated as part of the electromagnetic spectrum and whose properties may be explained by waveforms as well as particles. The course examines wave and particle theory, polarization, interference, fluorescence, and lasers. It also introduces geometric optics and the behavior of light in various media, ray tracing to examine refraction, reflection, diffraction, dispersion, lenses and mirrors. It includes discussions about object-image relationships, magnification, and graphical analysis of lenses and introduces spherical and spherocylindrical lenses, optical crosses and astigmatism.