Waves and Optics Specialization

Gain a deep understanding of the physics of light.. This specialization is equivalent to a one semester calculus-based optics course that will prepare you well for further coursework or independent study in science or engineering.
This specialization is for learners who have completed a first-year university-level physics course and wants to continue their study. Through three courses, you will gain a foundation in waves and optics ranging from simple oscillators and waves in strings, to advanced diffraction effects of electromagnetic waves. With an entire semester of lectures and over 100 problems, this comprehensive specialization is similar in detail and rigor to what is taught in on-campus courses. It will thoroughly prepare learners for a career in optics or advanced studies in physics.
What you'll learn:
- How to mathematically describe wave motion through a continuum.
- How to describe lenses and image formation with geometrical optics.
- How to understand the fundamental properties of light with physical optics.

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Light and Materials (Coursera)

Apr 29th 2024
Light and Materials (Coursera)
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This second course serves as an introduction to the physics of waves and light. Upon completion, learners will understand how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe wave propagation and light in the context of both geometrical and physical optics. Learners will gain experience in solving physics problems with tools [...]

Geometrical and Physical Optics (Coursera)

Apr 29th 2024
Geometrical and Physical Optics (Coursera)
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This third course serves as an introduction to the physics of waves and light. Upon completion, learners will understand how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe wave propagation and light in the context of both geometrical and physical optics. Learners will gain experience in solving physics problems with tools [...]

Oscillators and Waves (Coursera)

Apr 29th 2024
Oscillators and Waves (Coursera)
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This first course serves as an introduction to the physics of waves and light. Upon completion, learners will understand how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe wave propagation and light in the context of both geometrical and physical optics. Learners will gain experience in solving physics problems with tools [...]