OPT100 - Introduction to Optics

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Subject Title
Introduction to Optics

Subject Description

This subject introduces students to the nature of light and lens systems. Emphasis is placed on the major theories of light, the principles of plane and curved surfaces of mirrors and lenses and advanced optical calculations.

Credit Status
One credit subject toward the Opticianry Diploma Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the electromagnetic spectrum and the nature of light and apply formulae for wavelength calculation.

2. Analyze light properties and light behavior in different media calculating vergences and wavelengths.

3. Demonstrate understanding of light reflection at plane and curved surfaces applying formulae for calculating image formation and angle of reflection.

4. Demonstrate understanding of light refraction at plane and curved surfaces and apply formulae for calculating angle of incidence and refraction.

5. Analyze the behaviour of light through prisms calculating related image deviation and formation.

6. Analyze the behaviour of light through thin lenses and apply formulae to determine surface and nominal lens power.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Acceptance into the Opticianry Diploma Program.

Topic Outline

  •     Introduction to optics and mathematics review
  •     Properties of light, theories of light transmisson
  •     Laws of reflection
  •     Image formation of plane, convex and concave mirrors; ray tracing
  •     Laws of refraction
  •     Prismatic deviation
  •     Refraction of light at plane surfaces, critical angle, total internal reflection
  •     Dioptric power calculations for concave and convex lenses
  •     Polarization of light and effecrs of polarizing filters

NOTE:  A detailed weekly schedule and test dates will be provided in the first class.

Mode of Instruction
Instructors of OPT 100 may choose from a variety of teaching modes including classroom lectures, demonstration and open discussion.

Prescribed Texts
1. Geometric, Physical and Visual Optics 2nd ED, Keating
Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN 0750672625
2. The Geometrical Optics Workbook, David Loshin
Butterworth-Heinemann ISBN 0750690526

Reference Material
Optical Formula Tutorials
2nd ED Ellen Stoner, Patricia Perkins;
 Butterworth-Heinemann  ISBN 0750675047

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
In Seneca College Health Science programs, a minimum grade of "C" (60%) is required for promotion.

Test and Assignments 30% 
Mid Term Examination  30% 
Final Exam  40%
Total 100%

 Students must attain a minimum overall mark of 60% in order to pass this subject.  Failure to meet the above will result in a grade of "F".

Testing dates have been pre arranged and are non-negotiable. If a test is missed students are required to provide documentation, such as a
doctor's certificate in stating the illness, along with a written request for a make-up testing privileges within 7 days following the date of the test.
Make-up examinations will be granted for extenuating circumstances only at the discretion of the appropriate course instructor.

Approved by: Lisa Somers