OPT 131 - Optical Elements and Ray Optics
An introductory course dealing with terminology and techniques in the use of analytical and laboratory methods for planning, executing and evaluating arrangements using components such as mirrors, prisms, thin and thick lenses, diffusers, stops, reticles, and various types of light sources. Reflection, refraction, dispersion, image formation and aberrations are studied with emphasis on the ray concept of light. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (Students not enrolled in an optical technology program may be admitted to the class with approval of the Department Chairperson.)
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the properties of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
2. Analyze the optical properties of different materials.
3. Create basic lens measurements.
4. Calculate the focal length of optical components based on their characteristics.
5. Analyze optical systems for basic characteristics, such as focal length, magnification, image or object location.
6. Create detailed laboratory reports that convey an understanding of optical theory.
7. Describe the function of various optical components, which could include prisms, gratings, positive or negative lenses.
8. Utilize appropriate computer technology.
Course Offered Fall only