### Course Description

This course includes a study of the nature and propagation of light, reflection and refraction, interference, diffraction, gratings and spectra, relativity, elements of quantum physics, waves and particles, and nuclear physics.

### Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to

- Analyze and solve novel problems using the concepts, equations and methods of optics and basic quantum physics in both independent and collaborative settings.
- Investigate physical phenomena experimentally using appropriate equipment and methods, and make valid comparisons with theoretical predictions.
- Clearly communicate results of scientific inquiries in both oral and written form.

### Course Content

The following topics will be covered in lecture

- Reflection and Refraction
- Total Internal Refraction
- Mirrors
- Lenses
- Interference
- Diffraction
- Lorentz Contraction
- Mass Increase
- Time Dilation
- Einstein's Photoelectric Effect
- Compton Scattering
- Schrodinger's Equation
- The Bohr Hydrogen Atom
- One-electron Atoms
- Conduction of Electricity in Solids
- Radioactive Decay
- Fission
- Fusion

### Potential Experiments Include

The following experiments may be performed in lab

- Snell's Law
- Geometrical Optics
- Polarization
- Microscopes
- Telescopes
- Interference
- Diffraction