Course Outline 2019
  • Instructor
    • M. Reedyk
    • Contact Info: MCB205, ext.3877,
    • Office Hours: by appointment
  • Lectures
    • PLZ 410 Mon Fri 8:00-9:30
  • Course Communications:
    In the event of class cancellations due to inclement weather please monitor the main Brock webpage. For class communications monitor your Brock email.
  • What this course is about:
    This course will introduce both geometrical and physical optics. In addition to studying the theoretical concepts there will be a hands-on laboratory component.
  • Requirements:
    In this course some simple derivatives, integrals and matrices will be used, so it is important that the students feel comfortable with the calculus covered in Y1 mathematics courses. The course will build on the optics covered in first year Physics courses. As such, the prerequisites are: PHYS 1P21 or 1P91 (recommended); PHYS 1P22 or 1P92 (recommended); MATH 1P01 and 1P02, or MATH 1P05 and 1P06 (recommended).
  • Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
    To appreciate the relationships between results of experiments and theory and their role in developing the field of optics. To establish the vocabulary and concepts of geometrical and physical optics. To analyze and solve problems using oral and written reasoning skills both independently and in a laboratory setting. To conduct hands on experiments and relay the results in written format.
  • Suggested Textbooks:
    • Introduction to Classical and Modern Optics, 4th edition,Jurgen Meyer-Arendt, Prentice Hall, 1995.
      (One copy available in Physics Office; another on reserve in the library).
    • The Light Fantastic: a Modern Introduction to Classical and Quantum Optics, I.R. Kenyon, Oxford University Press, 2008.
      (One copy available on reserve in the library).
    • Introduction to Optics, Germain Chartier, Springer, New York, 2005.
    • Optics, 4th edition, Eugene Hecht, Pearson-Addison Wesley, San Fransisco, 2002.
      (One copy available on reserve in the library).
    • Introduction to Optics, 2nd edition, Frank L. Pedrotti and Leno S. Pedrotti, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1993.
    • Physics of Light and Optics, J. Peatross and M. Ware, Brigham Young University, 2008.
  • Topics to be Covered
    • Geometrical Optics:
    Stops and Pupils
    Fiber Optics
    Ray Tracing
    • Wave Optics:
  • Laboratory Component
    • PHYS 2P51 lab sections (L1 Tuesday14:00-17:00) are in MC H308. The lab instructor is Ivana Komljenovic-Metcalf (B210A, ext. 3417, who should be contacted for all queries concerning the laborarory component of the course.
    • An introduction to the Laboratory will be held on Tues. Jan 15th at 2:00 pm in H308. Attendance is mandatory. A schedule indicating which labs you will carry out on given weeks will be formed after this meeting.
    • There will be a total of six labs which you must perform. You must submit a formal report for the five marked with an asterisk (*) below. For the holography lab you must submit a short essay, (approximately 3-4 pages in length) which describes what a hologram is, and how it is created. You should explain the difference between reflection and transmission holograms, and briefly mention some more advanced types and their uses. You may include figures, and all literature sources used as reference must be properly cited. This essay is to be handed in at the start of the lab period in which you have been assigned to do the holography lab. The essay will count towards your laboratory grade.
    • The labs deal with the following topics:
      • Lenses (*)
      • Prism (*)
      • Michelson Interferometer (*)
      • Speed of Light (*)
      • Interference (*)
      • Holography
    • The due dates of the five formal reports will depend on your lab schedule and will be assigned by Ivana Komljenovic-Metcalf :
    • Late submissions will be penalized at a rate of 20% per day late including weekends. You must complete and submit reports for all labs in order to pass the course.
  • Tests and the marking scheme
    Component PHYS 2P51 Comments
    Assignments  10% No late assignments will be accepted.
    WeBWorK  10% No late assignments will be accepted.
    Test #1 15% During lecture Monday February 4th
    Test #2 15% During lecture Monday March 11th
    final exam 30% You must obtain a grade of 40% or greater on the final exam in order to pass the course.
    laboratories 20% Both attending the lab and submitting a written report is required to complete a lab. Failure to complete all labs will result in a failing grade in the course.
  • Homework:
    There are two ways homework is to be done in this course: (1)assigments which are to be handed in and (2) using Brock's WeBWorK system, which can be accessed at WeBWorK. Scroll down the displayed list of courses, click on the course that you are enrolled in (PHYS2P51D03FW2018) and log on using your Brock username (of the form ab18cd) and password.
  • Important Dates:
    The last date for withdrawal from this course without academic penalty is March 8, 2019. For other important dates see the Office of the Registrar's sessional or important dates.
  • Notes:
    • No late WeBWorK or assignments will be accepted unless accompanied by medical documentation. See Medical Exemption Policy and the medical health certificate under forms and self-service.
    • The tests and the examination will be based on material covered during lectures, laboratories and in homework.
    • Attendance at the laboratory session is mandatory.
    • Topics may be covered in lectures, homework and/or laboratories.
    • If your grade is less than 40% on the final exam and/or you do not complete all of the laboratories, your final grade can be no greater than 45. In this case, your reported final grade will be either your calculated final grade or 45, whichever is less.
  • Academic Policies:
    • Academic Integrity:
      All students must comply with Brock's academic misconduct policies . Academic misconduct is a serious offence. The principle of academic integrity, particularly of doing one’s own work, documenting properly (including use of quotation marks, appropriate paraphrasing and referencing/citation), collaborating appropriately, and avoiding misrepresentation, is a core principle in university study. Students should consult Section VII, “Academic Misconduct”, in the “Academic Regulations and University Policies” entry in the Undergraduate Calendar, available at Information on what constitutes academic integrity is available at .
    • Intellectual Property Notice:
      All slides, presentations, handouts, tests, exams, and other course materials created by the instructor in this course are the intellectual property of the instructor. A student who publicly posts or sells an instructor’s work, without the instructor’s express consent, may be charged with misconduct under Brock’s Academic Integrity Policy and/or Code of Conduct, and may also face adverse legal consequences for infringement of intellectual property rights.
    • Special Accommodation:
      The University is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all students and will adhere to the Human Rights principles that ensure respect for dignity, individualized accommodation, inclusion and full participation. The University provides a wide range of resources to assist students, as follows: ​ a) If you require academic accommodation because of a disability or an ongoing health or mental health condition, please contact Student Accessibility Services at or 905 688 5550 ext. 3240. ​ b) If you require academic accommodation because of an incapacitating medical condition, you must, as soon as practicable, inform your instructor(s) of your inability to complete your academic work. You must also submit a Brock University Student Medical Certificate (found at ). The University may, at its discretion, request more detailed documentation in certain cases. If you are unable to write a scheduled examination due to an incapacitating medical condition, you must follow the process set out in the Faculty Handbook III:9.4.1. ​ c) If you are experiencing mental health concerns, contact the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre. Good2Talk is a service specifically for post-secondary students, available 24/7, 365 days a year, and provides anonymous assistance: or call 1-866-925-5454. For information on wellness, coping and resiliency, visit: . ​ d) If you require academic accommodation on religious grounds, you should make a formal, written request to your instructor(s) for alternative dates and/or means of satisfying requirements. Such requests should be made during the first two weeks of any given academic term, or as soon as possible after a need for accommodation is known to exist. ​ e) If you have been affected by sexual violence, the Human Rights & Equity Office offers support, information, reasonable accommodations, and resources through the Sexual Violence Support & Education Coordinator. For information on sexual violence, visit Brock's Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy or contact the Sexual Violence Support & Response Coordinator at or 905 688 5550 ext. 4387. ​ f) If you feel you have experienced discrimination or harassment on any of the above grounds, including racial, gender or other forms of discrimination, contact the Human Rights and Equity Office at