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Role of simulations in optics education
Author(s): V. Lakshminarayanan; H. Ghalila; A. Ammar; S. Varadharajan

Paper Abstract

Simulations can play an important role in science education. Simulations (enabled by powerful numerical and visualization methods) are excellent tools for teaching optical phenomena. The advantages of using simulations as a tool for teaching optics include, amongst others, (1) giving students an engaging, hands-on active learning experience, (2) helping in understanding equations as physical relationships among experimental measurements and (3) allowing students to investigate phenomena that would not be possible to experiment on in a laboratory or classroom setting. We illustrate the utility of simulations in optics by describing some examples from geometric and physical optics using the open source programming language Python.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 99460N (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2236159
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V. Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
H. Ghalila, Univ. Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
Société Tunisienne d'Optique (Tunisia)
A. Ammar, Univ. Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
Société Tunisienne d'Optique (Tunisia)
S. Varadharajan, LV Prasad Eye Institute (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9946:
Optics Education and Outreach IV
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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