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Geometrical Optics

An elective course in the Certificate Programs in Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design.

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Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the principles and use of optical components and systems. This course surveys geometrical optics covering plane surfaces, prisms, spherical surfaces, lenses, and mirrors for use in optical systems. Special topics include optical instruments; like telescopes, microscopes, beam projectors, cameras and optical measuring benches. The classes will provide a mix of lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments for those that are interested in entering fields where optics are used.

Prerequisites: Mathematics through college algebra and trigonometry, high school physics, and other technical training in chemistry or engineering would be helpful. PLEASE NOTE: This course is an online course that has live WebEx sessions that make up the lab portion of the course. Students will need to have access to the internet, have speakers and a microphone. NOTE: Geometric Optics Lab Kits required. They can be purchased at, UC Irvine Geo Optics Lab Kits See enrollment confirmation for login information.

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  • Details
  • $695
  • April 07, 2014 to June 15, 2014
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00131
  • ID/Units: EECS X496.51  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: Spring 2014


Donn Silberman, B.S. Engineering Physics (Honors) - University of Arizona (1984), M.S. Technology Management from Pepperdine University (1994). Worked at the Optical Sciences Center, taught undergraduate physics labs and served as the Society of Physics Students President and Councilor (1983-1985). He has over 28 years of management and technical experience in various optics based businesses including an Optical Engineer for Johnson & Johnson (1989-1994); Engineering Systems Manager for Newport Corporation (1995-1999) and Product Development & Operations Manager for Corning (1999-2001). He worked as a Sr. Applications Engineer with PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. for 10 years and is now the Technical Services Manager for Starrett Kinemetric Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of Southern California and founded the Optics Institute of Southern California (2003) providing K-12 Outreach and the UC Irvine Optical Engineering & Instrument Design Programs (2009).

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Required Textbook(s):

Book - ISBN: 9780750642484

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START04/07/2014Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC04/08/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC04/15/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC04/22/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC04/29/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC05/06/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC05/13/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC05/20/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC05/27/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC06/03/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
OL-LEC06/10/2014Tuesday5:30 PM6:30 PMdo not useWEBINR
END06/15/2014Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---