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Electromagnetic waves and the nature of light. Geometrical optics, matrix treatment. Physical Optics: interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, polarization. Optical instruments.
Half of this course was a review of high school optics, if you did any. We were given a formula sheet for midterms and the final and you can just wing about every question in the course using the lens equation or some variation on that. I half-assed the course, guessed on half the final's questions and ended with a 90. The material was quite easy but this being said I only know how the course was when taking it with Prof. Duley in S09. Not sure how other profs stack up.
Added by schen05 on 2010-02-02 16:33:28