SPSP 320 Principles of Optics     Winter 2010.2

Class material can be found online at URL


Final grades posted 8pm, Mon, 28 Jan
Have a good break, and let me know if there are any questions.

On-line course evaluation forms are available at:

Problem set lists /quizzes /solutions
Daily Summary
Check Grade
Bates Study Center Schedule (pdf)


Prof. Anne G. Young     This quarter's class schedule.
Office: Gosnell-3218 (behind the elevator)
Phone: 475-2089
E-mail: agysps at ritdotedu

Student assistant: Lee C.

Class hours

Tues, Fri
Gosnell (08) - 3179

Required Book
          Pedrotti & Pedrotti, Optics and Vision

Schedule (tentative)

Topic Section(s) in Pedrotti & Pedrotti
The Nature of Light: Photons & Black Body Radiation P&P: Sect. 1-3, 2-1 (spectrum), 11-1,2 (EM wave), 2-2 (inv sq law), 2-3 sensitivity of eye, 2-5, 2-6 (black-body)
Light as particles (con't): Photoelectric Effect and the Bohr Model Class Handout

LEDs / wave packets

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

P&P: Sect. 2-6, Section 3.1 - 3.5, Sect. 9.1
Geometrical Optics: Images from plane & spherical mirrors and thin lenses P&P Ch. 3-7, [9], 11, 13
Thin lenses and lens systems; thick lenses P&P Ch. [9], 11, 13
Optical Fibers P&P Ch. 17
Fibers con't / Light as Waves P&P Ch. 17 , 11-1 through 7
Polarized Light P&P Ch. 15
Superposition & Interference P&P Ch. 11-1 through 7; Ch. 13- 2, 3
Thin Films P&P Ch. 13-4; 14-1, 2

The final exam will be cumulative and is scheduled for Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, 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.
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