Course Syllabus Spring 2013
PH 520 Light (3 Credits)

Instructor: Dr. Chris Pettit
Office: SH 26
Phone: 341-5929
Office Hours: TR 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or by appointment


Lecture: MWF 11:00 am – 11:50 am in SH 128

Textbook: Introduction to Optics (3rd edition), by Frank L. Pedrotti, Leno S. Pedrotti and Leno M. Pedrotti, Publisher: Pearson, ISBN 0-13-149933-5.

Tools: Scientific calculator, ruler or straight edge and protractor.

Course Description: This course will be an introduction to optics.  Topics covered will include but are not limited to geometrical optics, physical optics and photonics.  We will discuss the properties of lenses, mirrors, simple optical instruments, interference, diffraction, polarization, electromagnetic waves and photons.

Homework: Homework will typically be assigned on Monday of each week, and usually be due at the beginning of class on Friday of the following week.  You will be notified of any changes to this policy for specific homework assignments as necessary.

Exams:  There will be three exams and a final.  The three exams will be in class exams.  The final will be held during the final exam week and will consist of four parts.  The fourth part will be mandatory and be based on the material since the third exam.  Parts one, two and three of the final will be optional and are a means of improving the grade received on exams one, two and three respectively.  The exams are not cumulative, but you will be expected to be able to apply what you have learned to each successive section of material.

Academic Honesty Policy:  The following ESU “Academic Honesty Policy” pertains and will be enforced:  “Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presenting as one’s own the intellectual or creative accomplishments of another without giving credit to the source or sources).”  Academic dishonesty can result in severe penalties.  Possible penalties may include an assignment grade of F, a course grade of F, or dismissal from the university.

Student Accommodations Statement: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services and the professor will be strictly confidential.

Grading Scale:
A 93.0% - 100%
A- 90.0% - 92.9%
B+ 87.0% - 89.9%
B 83.0% - 86.9%
B- 80.0% - 82.9%
C+ 77.0% - 79.9%
C 70.0% - 76.9%
D 60.0% - 69.9%
F 0.0% - 59.9%
Scale may be lowered if necessary.
Grading policy (tentative test dates)
Homework 30%
Class Participation 10%

Exam 1 (2/22)

Exam 2 (4/5) 20%
Final 20%
Exam Solutions
Exam 1
Exam 2
Class participation and attendance will be considered for borderline cases.

Grades will be available for viewing on Blackboard.