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How to teach optics for the second time
Author(s): Adolf W. Lohmann

Paper Abstract

Most students of physics and engineering are exposed to optics for the first time during their final year in high school and/or during their first year in college. That first encounter is brief and superficial, in most cases. Hence, those students might have a negative prejudice against optics, when having to select advanced courses during their second and third year in college. If we, the optics professors, want to attract the brightest students as our junior researchers, we ought to offer an exciting and challenging `introduction to the fundamentals of optics' for the advanced under graduate students in a way that eliminates any negative prejudices already during the first hour of the course. To start the course with Snellius, with the lens equation, and with similar primitive issues would chase away many of the brightest students.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2000
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 3831, Sixth International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (16 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388712
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Adolf W. Lohmann, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3831:
Sixth International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Jose Javier Sanchez-Mondragon, Editor(s)

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