Physics: Light

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Spring 2017 quarter

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Is light a wave?  Or is it a particle?  This is one of the central mysteries of physics and our physical world.  This course provides an overview of the physics of light.  Topics will include waves, optics, the photoelectric effect, atomic spectra, and an introduction to quantum physics.  Conceptual understanding will be emphasized with algebra and basic trigonometry as mathematical foundations.  Laboratory exercises will involve some experimental design and will focus on developing skill in observation and analysis while reinforcing conceptual understanding.

While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior experience in physical science is beneficial as is a general confidence in approaching mathematical information.

Taking this course as part of a sequence with Physics: Motion and Physics: Electromagnetismprovides the equivalent of a standard, algebra-based, first-year physics sequence.

Program Details

Fields of Study


Preparatory For

medicine, science education, and further studies in STEM fields.


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

7:30-9:30p Tue/Thu

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

May be offered again in

Spring 2017-18


2017-03-17The signature requirement for this course has been removed.