Spring 2017 quarter
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.
Fields of Studyphysics
medicine, science education, and further studies in STEM fields.
Location and Schedule
Online LearningHybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online
May be offered again in
|2017-03-17||The signature requirement for this course has been removed.|