Physics: Light

Spring
Spring 2017
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
4
Credits per 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.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

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

4

Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Advertised schedule:

7:30-9:30p Tue/Thu

Located in: Olympia

May be offered again in:

Spring 2017-18

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