Course Description

This course includes a study of the nature and propagation of light, reflection and refraction, interference, diffraction, gratings and spectra, relativity, elements of quantum physics, waves and particles, and nuclear physics.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to
  1. Analyze and solve novel problems using the concepts, equations and methods of optics and basic quantum physics in both independent and collaborative settings.
  2. Investigate physical phenomena experimentally using appropriate equipment and methods, and make valid comparisons with theoretical predictions.
  3. Clearly communicate results of scientific inquiries in both oral and written form.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in lecture
  1. Reflection and Refraction
  2. Total Internal Refraction
  3. Mirrors
  4. Lenses
  5. Interference
  6. Diffraction
  7. Lorentz Contraction
  8. Mass Increase
  9. Time Dilation
  10. Einstein's Photoelectric Effect
  11. Compton Scattering
  12. Schrodinger's Equation
  13. The Bohr Hydrogen Atom
  14. One-electron Atoms
  15. Conduction of Electricity in Solids
  16. Radioactive Decay
  17. Fission
  18. Fusion

Potential Experiments Include

The following experiments may be performed in lab
  1. Snell's Law
  2. Geometrical Optics
  3. Polarization
  4. Microscopes
  5. Telescopes
  6. Interference
  7. Diffraction