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Instructor Info:Frederick Wirth
Office Extension x5572
TA Info:Flannery Weiss
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
02:30 PM - 05:00 PM Cole Science Center B16

This course is an introduction to fundamental principles of optics as applied to image formation and holography. Each student will have a chance to produce two white-light visible holograms in our lab, as well as to undertake an individual project dealing with three dimensional image reproduction, holography, or more broadly defined optical phenomena. Topics will include geometric and physical optics, the nature and propagation of light, vision and color, photography, digital imaging, the Fourier transform and holography. Aesthetic considerations will be part of the course as well. Class will meet for one hour and twenty minutes twice a week, plus a lab of at least three hours for experimental investigations and holographic imaging. Projects will likely require more laboratory time. Advanced students wishing to help in the labs and pursue independent work should see the instructor.

Course Objectives:

Students in this course will learn about holography, three dimensional vision, and the scientific understanding of light. They will produce holograms and study the behavior of light in the lab, maintain a lab notebook, write lab reports on the basis of the notebook, work problem sets to demonstrate their understanding of the material, prepare class presentations on topics of interest and complete an original project involving the course material.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluations will be based on class participation, lab notebook, lab reports, problem sets, presentations and the final project and its write up.

Additional Info:

HC plagiarism policy:

"All Hampshire College students and faculty, whether at Hampshire or at other institutions, are bound by the ethics of academic integrity. The entire description and college policy can be found in Non Satis Non Scire at under Academic Policies/Ethics of Scholarship. Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s work as one’s own. Both deliberate and inadvertent misrepresentations of another’s work as your own are considered plagiarism and are serious breaches of academic honesty and integrity. All sources used or consulted in the process of writing papers, examinations, preparing oral presentations, course assignments, artistic productions, and so on, must be cited. Sources include material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students, faculty, or staff, information from the Internet, software programs and other electronic material, designs and ideas.

All cases of suspected plagiarism or academic dishonesty will be referred to the Dean of Advising who will review documentation and meet with student and faculty member. Individual faculty, in consultation with the Dean of Advising, will decide the most appropriate consequence in the context of the class. This can range from revising and resubmitting an assignment to failing the course. Beyond the consequence in the course, CASA considers first offenses as opportunities for education and official warning. Multiple or egregious offenses will have more serious consequences. Suspected instances of other breaches of the ethics of academic integrity, such as the falsification of data, will be treated with the same seriousness as plagiarism and will follow the same process." 1

1. from the DOF memo to all faculty August 21, 2013

To keep the Federal Government happy:

In this course students are expected to spend 10 to 12 hours per week outside of class:

  • reading in preparation for class
  • working problem sets
  • writing lab reports
  • working on their class presentations
  • working on their final project
  • writing up thir presentation and final project