OPTI 200 Syllabus

Fall 2016 (Sections 001 & 002) Syllabus

  • Subject to change – Last updated 8/11/2016

Teacher’s Assistants

  • Miaomiao Xu (2 pm class) — (Office Hour: TBD…)
  • Jeff Davis (3 pm class) — (Office Hour: TBD…)

Reading Assignments

  • “STL” ‚Č° Seeing the Light
  • “OMC” ‚Č° Optics Made Clear

Required & Optional Reading

  • ‚óŹ Indicates “Optional Reading”
  • ‚óŹ Indicates “Required Reading”

Class 1: Introduction

  • Monday 8/22
  • Topic: Syllabus Review, Thoughts About Light, Math Review
  • Lecture Notes: L1
  • Reading Assignments:
  • Homework Assigned: Journal 1 “Infinity”

Class 2: What Is Light?

  • Wednesday¬†8/24
  • Topic: Electromagnetic Radiation’, ‘Properties of Waves’
  • Lecture Notes: L2
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (1.1)
    • ‚󏬆OMC (pgs. 1-7)
    • ‚󏬆Handout “Empire of Light (Ch. 1)

Class 3: What Is Light?


Class 4: What Is Light?

  • Monday¬†8/29
  • Topic: Linearly Polarized Light, Polaroid sunglasses, LCD Displays
  • Lecture Notes: L3

Class 5: What Is Light?

  • Wednesday¬†8/31
  • Topic: Circularly Polarized Light, ‘3D TV’
  • Lecture Notes: L4

Class 6: Light Sources


Class 7: No Class

  • Monday¬†9/5
  • Topic:¬†No Class – Labor Day

Class 8: Light Sources

  • Wednesday¬†9/7
  • Lecture Notes: L5

Class 9: Lasers

  • Friday 9/9
  • Topic:¬†Lasers — Theory
  • Lecture Notes: L6
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (15.4)
    • ‚󏬆OMC (“Lasers” pgs.81-84)

Class 9: Lasers

  • Monday 9/12
  • Topic:¬†Types of Lasers
  • Lecture Notes: L6

Class 10: Light & Matter

  • Wednesday 9/14
  • Topic: Reflection, Absorption, and Transmission; “R+A+T+S=1”
  • Lecture Notes: L7
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.4)
    • ‚󏬆OMC (“Reflection and Refraction” pgs. 8-10)

Class 11: Lab #1 РLight Sources

  • Friday¬†9/16
  • Topic: Geometry of Light — “Light from Point A-to-Z — Specular vs. Diffuse Reflection, Scattering
  • Lecture Notes: L8
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.1, 2.2, 2.3)

Class 12: Lab #1 РLight Sources

  • Monday 9/19
  • Topic: Geometry of Light — “Light from Point A-to-Z — Specular vs. Diffuse Reflection, Scattering
  • Lecture Notes: L8
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.1, 2.2, 2.3)

Class 13: Geometry of Light

  • Wednesday 9/21
  • Topic: “Light from Point A-to-Z” — Light Pollution
  • Lecture Notes: L8

Class 14: Geometry of Light

  • Friday 9/23
  • Topic: Shadows, Eclipses, Umbra and Penumbra
  • Lecture Notes: L9
  • Homework Assigned:¬†EC1

Class 15: Reflection


Class 16: Reflection

  • Wednesday 9/28
  • Topic: 2-way Mirrors, Head-up Displays, Teleprompters, Google Glass
  • Lecture Notes:¬†L10
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.4)
  • Homework Assigned:¬†HW2

Class 17: Multiple Reflections

  • Friday 9/30
  • Topic:¬†Sun Pillars, Corner Cubes, Kaleidoscopes
  • Lecture Notes: L11
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (3.2)

Class 18: Refraction

  • Monday 10/3
  • Topic: Snell’s Law, TIR
  • Lecture Notes: L12
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.5, 2.6)

Class 19: Optical Fibers, Dispersion, Diamonds

  • Wednesday¬†10/5
  • Topic: Snell’s Law, TIR
  • Lecture Notes: L13, L14
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.5)
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.6)
  • Homework DUE: HW2¬†Due

Class 20: No Class

  • Friday 10/7
  • Topic:¬†No Class –¬†Family Weekend

Class 21: Midterm Exam

  • Monday 10/10
  • Topic:¬†In Class

Class 22: Rainbows, Halos, Sun Dogs

  • Wednesday¬†10/12
  • Lecture Notes: L15
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.5)
    • ‚óŹ STL (2.6)
  • Homework Assigned: HW3
  • Homework DUE: Journal/Lab Notebooks¬†DUE

Class 23: Mirrors

  • Friday 10/14
  • Topic:¬†Shapes, Ray Tracing Rules, “worked examples”
  • Lecture Notes: L16
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (3.3)
    • ‚󏬆OMC(“Mirrors” pgs. 21-32)
    • ‚󏬆OMC(“Lenses” pgs 32-33)
    • ‚󏬆OMC “Lens Aberrations” pgs. 34-38)

Class 24: Lenses

  • Monday 10/17
  • Topic: Shapes, Ray Tracing Rules, “worked examples”
  • Lecture Notes: L17
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (3.4)

Class 25: Photography

  • Wednesday 10/19
  • Topic: ‘History of Photography’, ‘Ideal Imaging’, ‘Pinhole Cameras’
  • Lecture Notes: L18
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (Chapter 4: ¬†4.1 – 4.6, 4.7 A&B)
  • Homework Assigned:¬†Journal 4 Topic: ¬†“Images”

Class 26: Photography

  • Friday 10/21
  • Topic: ‘Parts of a Camera’, ‘Camera Lenses’, ‘Zooming in’
  • Lecture Notes: L19
  • Homework DUE:¬†HW3¬†DUE

Class 27: Photography

  • Monday¬†10/24
  • Topic: ‘Focusing a Camera’, ‘Depth of Field’, ‘Depth of Focus’, ‘f-number Sequence’, ‘Aperture Stop’
  • Lecture Notes: L20
  • Homework Assigned:¬†HW4
  • Homework DUE:¬†Research Paper¬†Topic and Outline DUE

Class 28: Photography

  • Wednesday 10/26

Class 29: Photography

  • Friday 10/28

Class 30: Photography

  • Monday 10/31

Class 31: Photography

  • Wednesday 11/2
  • Topic: Chris Summitt “Photography with Digital Cameras”
  • Homework DUE:¬†HW4 DUE

Class 32: Vision

  • Friday 11/4
  • Topic: Eyes vs. Cameras, Optical Properties of the Human Eye
  • Topic:¬†The Retina: Rods, Cones, Blind Spot
  • Lecture Notes: L21, L22
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (Chapter 5…..)
    • ‚óŹ OMC (“The Eye” pgs. 98-102)
  • Homework Assigned:¬†EC2 (optional extra credit)

Class 33: Vision

  • Monday 11/7
  • Topic: Accommodation, Sensitivity,¬†Acuity
  • Topic:¬†The Retina: Rods, Cones, Blind Spot
  • Lecture Notes: L23, L24
  • Homework DUE: Research Paper¬†–¬†Annotated Bibliography DUE

Class 34: Optical Instruments

  • Wednesday 11/9
  • Topic: The Magnifying Glass, Microscopes, Scanners
  • Lecture Notes: L25
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6)
    • ‚óŹ OMC¬†(“Microscopes” pgs. 73-75)
    • ‚óŹ OMC¬†(“Telescopes” pgs. 56-65)
    • ‚óŹ OMC¬†(“Binoculars” pgs. 85-86)

Class 35: No Class

  • Friday¬†11/11
  • Topic:¬†No Class –¬†Veteran’s Day

Class 36: Telescopes

  • Monday 11/14
  • Topic:¬†‘Fundamentals, Refracting vs. Reflecting’
  • Topic:¬†‘Observatories: Old and New’
  • Lecture Notes: L26

Class 37: Telescopes

  • Wednesday¬†11/16
  • Topic: Modern Telescopes, Opt.Sci. Optics Shop
  • Reading Assignments:
    • Lab #2–‘Reflection, Refraction, Lenses and Mirrors’

Class 38: Telescopes

  • Friday 11/18
  • Topic: Mr. Douglas Cromey ¬†“Biological Microscopy, Digital Images, and the Importance of Truth in Science”
  • Homework DUE: EC2 DUE

Class 39: Optical Instruments

  • Monday 11/21
  • Topic: CD/DVD Players
  • Lecture Notes: L27

Class 40: Optical Instruments


Class 41: No Class

  • Friday¬†11/25
  • Topic:¬†Thanksgiving Holiday

Class 42: Color

  • Monday 11/28
  • Topic: Additive vs. Subtractive Primaries
  • Lecture Notes: L28
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (9.1, 9.2, 9.3)
    • ‚óŹ STL (9.4, 9.5(A&B))
  • Homework Assigned: Journal 5 Topic: ¬†“Color”
  • Homework DUE:¬†Research Paper –¬†Paper and Abstract DUE

Class 43: Color

  • Wednesday 11/30
  • Topic: How to Specify and Measure it
  • Homework Assigned: HW5

Class 44: Lab #3 РCameras, Microscopes, and Telescopes

  • Friday 12/2
  • Lecture Notes: L28
  • Reading Assignments:
    • ‚óŹ STL (9.6 & 9.8 (intro paragraphs only)
    • ‚óŹ STL “Color Me Human

Class 45: Lab #3 РCameras, Microscopes, and Telescopes

  • Monday 12/5
  • Topic: Color–Additive vs. Subtractive, Color Vision
  • Lecture Notes: L28

Class 46: Infrared

  • Wednesday 12/7
  • Topic: Fundamentals, IR camera
  • NOTE: Last Day of Classes–Review for the Final Exam
  • Lecture Notes: L29
  • Homework DUE:
    • HW5 DUE
    • Journal/Lab Notebooks¬†DUE

Class 47

  • Friday 12/9

Class 48

  • Monday 12/12

FINAL EXAM – 2PM CLASS, SECTION 001

  • Wednesday 12/14, 1:00-3:00pm
  • NOTE: Exam is in our regular classroom,¬†Optical Sciences 432

FINAL EXAM – 3PM CLASS, SECTION 002

  • Wednesday 12/14, 3:30-5:30pm
  • NOTE: Exam is in our regular classroom,¬†Optical Sciences 432

 

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