SPSP 320 Principles of Optics     Winter 2011.2

Class material can be found online at URL


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Averages are updated including the final exam (200 points in-class + 35 points take-home).
Course grades are posted on SIS.
If you want to see your final exam, please make an appointment to see me after the quarter begins.

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Module Errata
Module TOC (pdf)


Prof. Anne G. Young     This quarter's class schedule.
Office: Gosnell-3127 (to enter office, knock hard on the door to 3125)
Phone: 475-7446
E-mail: agysps at ritdotedu

Student assistant: Lee C.

Class hours

Tues, Fri
Gosnell (08) - 3130

Required Book
          Fundamentals of Photonics This book may be downloaded for free at the link to the left or ordered as a hard copy or on CD-ROM. We will use at least Modules 1-1, 1-3, and 1-4 to begin with. I am still planning the details of the rest of the quarter. You should feel free to download all 10 modules, but I doubt that we will use much if any of 1-6 or 1-10. I have made a Table of Contents (pdf) [11/28/2011] for these modules which you may find helpful. Feel free to download and use it. Do let me know if you find any mistakes or if you have suggestions to improve it. As I update it throughout the quarter, I will put updated versions in the link and change the dates.
          If you still have your College Physics [SPSP-211, 212, 213] textbook, you might find it helpful for reference in some of the topics we will study.

Schedule (tentative)

Topic Section(s) in Fundamentals of Photonics
The Nature of Light: Photons & the Photoelectric Effect, the Bohr Model Module 1-1, pp. 1-
Light as particles (con't): Black Body Radiation; the Inverse Square Law
Module 1-1, pp. ?- end

Reflection & Refraction of Light; Dispersion of a Prism, Angular Deviation by a Prism

Module 1-3

Geometrical Optics: Images from plane & spherical mirrors and thin lenses Module 1-3
Thin lenses and lens systems; thick lenses Module 1-3
Interference and Diffraction Module 1-4
Optical Fibers Module 1-7
Optical Fibers / LEDs  
Polarized Light Module 1-4
Thin Films  

The final exam will be cumulative and is scheduled for Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012, 12:30-2:30 pm.  

Other resources

If you have questions about the assignments or class material, please come see me. If I am in my office, I am usually available to asnwer questions. Do check with me first to be cetain I will be there if you need help. There is also a College of Science Study Center [Bates Study Center] at the front of the building on the first floor [08-1200]. A schedule of hours for ACS tutors is posted outside the room and linked in the "table" at the top of the page. Not all of the material we cover in this class is familiar to the student tutors, so do plan to come see me if/when that happens.

If you have any special needs, you should inform me during the first week of classes. Please contact me after class or at my office.

Grading Scheme (approximate)

Hour tests

40 - 35%

Final Exam

30 - 35%

Quizzes, Assignments, and Problems 30% total



   Problem Sets


   In-class worksheets


Problems will be assigned every week [Problem Set Requirements]. Solutions to the problem sets will be available after the due date. Do work with others on the problem sets, but turn in your own work. If possible, come ask questions about material you don't understand before you turn in the problem set. Quizzes will be approximately weekly (usually on Friday), and I will try to remember to announce them.

You are required to have received credit for 1017-213, College Physics III, and for 1016-206 Discrete Mathematics for Technologists II, in order to take this course.
This page maintained by Anne G. Young. Last modified 05-Mar-2012 .