# Ch 20: Wave Optics in Physics

Lenses of all types bend lightwaves to change your view. Dive deep into the world of optics and study how waves reflect and diffract and deepen your mathematical understanding of these phenomena by learning the specific equations that explain what you see.

## Wave Optics in Physics - Chapter Summary

This chapter will take you on a fascinating journey through the complex world of wave optics. You will explore the complex principles and equations that explain how light reacts to various mirrors and lenses. In order to strengthen your understanding more deeply, each concept is broken into its own short lesson. Each lesson will provide you with examples, questions, and explanations for the specific optical actions discussed. Have fun watching optics in action and get ready to see the world in a whole new way.

By the end of the chapter, you will be ready to explain and calculate diffraction and reflection all around you. You should be able to:

• Differentiate between plane and spherical mirrors
• Model ray tracing and apply equations to mirror questions
• Model and apply equations to lens questions
• Explain and compare Malus's Law, Brewster's Law, and Huygen's Principle
• Model interference patterns and equations to diffraction problems
• Explain thin-film interference and fiber optics

Our physics experts are ready to guide you through your study of wave optics with an incredible series of short video lessons. Be sure to enhance your experience by using the self-assessment quizzes and transcripts to deepen your understanding. You can also make use of the Timeline feature in the video player to review the main ideas from each lesson. Track your progress on your dashboard and enjoy learning about the mathematics of optics!

13 Lessons in Chapter 20: Wave Optics in Physics
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