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Natural Science 122: The Nature of Light

Dr. John Varriano
Christian Brothers University
March 2009 Session

View/download the following course documents:
On-LineWord Document
Syllabus [download]
Test Study Questions [download]
Instructions for Viewing DVD [download]

Course Schedule
ClassDateAssignmentApprox. Run Time ExperimentReport Due Date
1Mar 18I.1
I.2
II
46:28
52:40
1:04:23
none
2Mar 25III.1
III.2
III.3
49:54
29:27
1:02:16
Waves and the Vibrating StringApr 1
3Apr 1III.4
III.5
1:40:28
1:35:00
The Bending of LightApr 8
4Apr 8IV.1
Study Test 1
1:43:29
_
Thin LensesApr 22
5Apr 15IV.2
IV.3
45:35
1:17:05
TEST 1
6Apr 22V.1
V.2
47:13
57:42
Interference
Diffraction
Apr 29
7Apr 29VI.1
VI.2
Study Test 2
1:02:44
56:50
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Atomic SpectraMay 6
8May 6 TEST 2

View and/or download Powerpoint slides of captured images from the video presentations.
Part Title
Part I.1 Physics Preliminaries: Science, Scientific Notation, Units, and Conversions
Part I.2 Physics Preliminaries: Physical Universe, Force, Work, Energy, Fields, Light
Part II Wave Preliminaries
Part III.1 Geometric Optics: Rays, Reflection, Refraction
Part III.2Geometric Optics: Dispersion
Part III.3Geometric Optics: Image Formation By Reflection, Mirrors
Part III.4Geometric Optics: Image Formation By Refraction, Lenses
Part III.5Geometric Optics: Vision, Aberrations
Part IV.1Physical Optics: Interference
Part IV.2Physical Optics: Diffraction
Part IV.3Physical Optics: Polarization, Scattering, Absorption
Part V.1Quantum Optics: Thermal Radiation, Photons, Wave-Particle Duality
Part V.2Quantum Optics: Atoms and Light, Lasers
Part VI.1Relativity: Relative Motion, Time and Length Effects
Part VI.2Relativity: Mass, Energy, General Relativity, Time Travel


  • You can view the Java applets that we look at by simply choosing from the list below:
    Transverse & Longitudinal Waves
    Rainbow Formation: Dispersion in a rain drop
    Negative Lens: Ray Trace
    Positive Lens: Ray Trace
    Additive Colors
    Thick Lens Ray Trace - Spherical Aberration
    Ripple Tank-Interference
    (These applets were written by Sadahisa Kamikawa.)
  • Open up a Word versions of Exercise 1, Exercise 2, Exercise 3, or Exercise 4.
  • Click on the thumbnail to view a photograph of a double slit interference pattern being produced photon by photon.
  • Click on the thumbnail to view the emission and absorption spectra of some atomic gases.
  • Click on the thumbnail to view the geometry of an electromagnetic wave and the electromagnetic spectrum.

    Don't like to wear glasses or contact lenses? Read about the different procedures for correcting common vision problems .

    Click on the thumbnail to view the set-up to produce a hologram and to learn more about making holograms.

    Click on the thumbnail to view some absorption spectra of a few materials.

    Open up a Word version of the photon example discussed in the lecture presentation.


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