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Optics using matrix representation
written by Amy Lytle
Undergraduate students can have difficulty transferring theoretical knowledge, in particular more abstract mathematical models, to lab experiments, connecting theory with real physical phenomena. This intermediate-level optics lab course for physics major is designed to help students make this connection by building theoretical and experimental skills through a series of scaffolded activities. These skills are then used to complete an investigation of a real-life optical system.

This manual contains two sequences of lab activities that integrate the use of matrix modeling: Jones matrices for polarization, ending with an investigation of RealD 3D glasses, and ABCD matrices for image formation, ending with an investigation of a Galileoscope, a refracting telescope students can construct themselves.
Subjects Lab Level Resource Types
- Geometrical Optics
= Optical Instruments
- Polarization
- Intermediate Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Laboratory
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© 2019 Amy Lytle
Geometrical optics, Intermediate-level undergraduate, Optics, Wave optics
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