LSO329 - Exploring the Physics of Light and Sound

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Subject Title
Exploring the Physics of Light and Sound

Subject Description
This course analyzes physical phenomena related to light and sound and their manifestations in nature and in the arts. Students will discuss examples of reflection and refraction, and will examine optical devices and the human eye. They will learn about colours, colour mixing and applications. Students will review the nature of sound waves and analyze wave behaviour in nature. Throughout the course students will apply their theoretical knowledge to solving numerical problems of light and sound phenomena in everyday life.

Credit Status
One Upper Level Liberal Studies elective credit for Degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the general properties of waves as manifested by light.
  2. Examine reflection and refraction phenomena in optical devices.
  3. Discuss the physics of colour and colour mixing as manifested in nature and art.
  4. Analyze the effects of beats and resonance in wave mixing.
  5. Explain the mechanics of sound waves in musical instruments with strings and pipes.

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Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

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Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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