Ch 15: Wave Optics

Watch video lessons to learn the basics of wave optics. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you assess your own understanding of the materials.

Wave Optics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

A solid understanding of wave optics is essential to basic physics. The video lessons in this chapter will lead you through the processes of how mirrors work, ray tracing, polarization and diffraction. You'll learn key laws and principles related to wave optics and how to resolve equations. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:

• How different kinds of mirrors reflect light
• How polarization works
• What diffraction is
• Types of diffraction
• How a Michelson interferometer works

Video Objective
Mirrors: Difference Between Plane and Spherical Describe plane and spherical mirrors, and state the differences between them.
Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images Explain the process of ray tracing with mirrors.
Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions Demonstrate how to use equations to solve mirror questions.
Thin Lens Equation: Examples and Questions List examples of thin lens equations and questions.
Using Equations to Answer Images Questions Explain how to use equations to solve images questions.
Polarization of Light and Malus's Law Explain the concept of polarizing light; define Malus's Law.
Polarization by Reflection and Brewster's Law Explain the concept of polarizing by reflection; define Brewster's Law.
Diffraction and Huygen's Principle Describe Huygen's Principle and how it applies to diffraction.
Single-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern and Equations Explain single-slit diffraction, its interference pattern and related equations.
Double-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern and Equations Explain double-slit diffraction, its interference pattern and related equations.
Multiple-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern and Equations Explain multiple-slit diffraction, its interference pattern and related equations; define diffraction gratings.
How Thin Film Interference Works Describe what thin film interference is and how it works.
Michelson Interferometer: Applications Describe the Michelson interferometer and how it's used.

13 Lessons in Chapter 15: Wave Optics
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