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Approx. 21 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • be able to design, to first order, such optical systems with simple mathematical and graphical techniques

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Advanced Level
Approx. 21 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Start working towards your Master's degree

This course is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Introduction to Geometrical Optics

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
Introduction to Geometrical Optics4m
What are rays?11m
Pinhole Camera5m
Rays in OpticStudio2m
Snells Laws6m
Fermat's Principle4m
Snell's Laws in the Laboratory5m
PhET Hands-On Practice5m
2 readings
Course Overview10m
Tools and Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Snell's Law Practice Problem20m
Practice problems20m
Rays and Snell's Laws2h
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Optical System Design in OpticStudio

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 70 min), 6 readings
7 videos
System Explorer and the Lens Data Editor6m
Entering a Lens8m
Analyzing a Lens4m
The Lens Catalog18m
Configurations5m
Optimization20m
6 readings
Introduction5m
How to get started using OpticStudio10m
Getting started with designing a lens in OpticStudio10m
Setting up your lens in OpticStudio10m
Define multiple inputs to your lens using OpticStudio10m
Analyze the performance of your lens10m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

First Order Ray Tracing

5 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
12 videos
Example of Sign Convention1m
Graphical Ray Tracing14m
Virtual Objects and Images8m
PhET Lens Practice9m
Positive and Negative Lens Laboratory Demonstration6m
Thin Lens Equations15m
Imaging with Mirrors9m
Single Lens Imaging Example8m
Mirror Laboratory Demonstration5m
Lenses vs. Mirrors2m
Paraxial Analysis in OpticStudio7m
1 reading
Practice ray tracing10m
3 practice exercises
Practice problem10m
Practice Questions20m
Ray Tracing and Lens Analysis2h
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Thick Optics and Mirrors

5 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 59 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Power of a Single Curved Surface5m
Lens Maker's Equation6m
Power of Curved Mirrors8m
Two Lens System3m
Design with Thick Optics6m
Applying Thick Optics Concepts11m
Thick Lens Application9m
2 readings
Extension of thick lenses10m
Practice10m
3 practice exercises
OpticStudio practice20m
Thick Optics Practice Problems30m
Thick Optics2h

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About the Optical Engineering Specialization

The courses in this specialization can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5600-5602, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Enroll here. Optical instruments are how we see the world, from corrective eyewear to medical endoscopes to cell phone cameras to orbiting telescopes. This course will teach you how to design such optical systems with simple graphical techniques, then transform those pencil and paper designs to include real optical components including lenses, diffraction gratings and prisms. You will learn how to enter these designs into an industry-standard design tool, OpticStudio by Zemax, to analyze and improve performance with powerful automatic optimization methods....
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