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MSCI-220C Science of Light

3 Credits

  • Wednesday

    2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

    Activities Resource Center, E -13

  • Thursday

    2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

    Activities Resource Center, E -13

  • Monday

    2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

    Activities Resource Center, E -13

This introduction to light and optical phenomena in nature and technology will acquaint students with various physical aspects of light. We will delve into optical effects in nature such as the formation of rainbows, the colors of the sky and bubbles, mirages, the formation of images by our eyes and reception of those images by the rods and cones of our retinas. The use of light in technology will be explored by examining topics such as fiber optics, light sources (from the sun to light bulbs to pixels), one-way mirrors, 3D movie glasses, and image formation with pinholes, lenses and mirrors. Special attention will be paid to the operating principles and functioning of cameras from their lenses, to their viewfinders, apertures and filters.