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PHYS 140 Light and Color

3 s.h.

An introductory one semester course for non-science majors. Its purpose is to introduce the concepts of modern and classical optics which allows one to understand the interplay between light and color in nature and in our society. The student will also gain knowledge about the scientific method through various investigations that ultimately led to the explanation of the physical nature of light. The subject matter will include classical and modern theories of light, colorimetry, application of color concepts, geometrical and physical optics, vision optics and light and color in nature. Other basic concepts of physics such as the quantum model and the electromagnetic model are also included to provide the required foundation. Emphasis is placed on application of these principles to contemporary topics such as compact disks, lasers, holography, fiber optics and other areas of modern communication. There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is expected that the student have a working knowledge of high school algebra and geometry. Offered Spring only. (LA, NS3)

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