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PALT 402 Geometrical Optics

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Course Description

A hands-on introduction to geometrical optics that deals with image formation by considering light as rays. Topics Include: concepts of reflection, refraction, transmission, and dispersion; the interaction of light rays with optical elements like mirrors, lenses, prisms, and stops; image formation characteristics, aberration, and optical design using ray tracing and matrix methods; description of common optical systems like cameras and telescopes.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, PALT 401
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU