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Joseph E Rothberg
PHYS 214
Seattle Campus

Light and Color

Compares past explanation of certain familiar natural phenomena with present understandings. Lamps and lighting, outdoor light, optical devices, color vision, perspective, paints, and pigments. Quantitative comparison critical to the course, but college-level mathematics background not required. Intended for non-science students.

Class description

Modern scientific understanding of color and of various optical phenomena and optical devices.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Three lectures per week. One discussion hour, one workshop hour in small groups. In the workshop students will explore phenomena related to color mixing, pigments, shadows, reflections, polarized light, images.

Recommended preparation

College level mathematics background is not required. Previous college level physics courses are not required. Basic high school mathematics will be helpful (ratios, triangles, etc).

Class assignments and grading

A weekly homework assignment which will include problems and observations. A term project will be due at end of quarter.

Homework, two mid-term exams, term project, workshop, discussion participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joseph E Rothberg
Date: 04/22/2005