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 oscillations, waves, and optics as well as an introduction to modern 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 I: Motion and Physics II: Electromagnetismprovides the equivalent of a standard, algebra-based, first-year physics sequence.
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medicine, science education, and further studies in STEM fields.