Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The Multi-Platform Optics and Photonics Educational App was developed through the REU Site (program name) at (university name). Optics and photonics is an important field of physics, but students often receive only minimal exposure to it during their undergraduate studies. Students often find this topic difficult to comprehend, as it requires a great deal of visualization skills. The current approach of teaching optics and photonics rely heavily on mathematical models, without connecting these models with the visual aspects in terms of ray tracing. The educational app was created to help students develop a strong understanding of the basic principles of this field. By placing a strong emphasis on graphical paraxial ray-tracing, a method taught widely to demonstrate the formation of images by various optical elements, the app allows students to explore fundamental optical elements and how they interact with light and images. The app transitions from short, explanatory demonstrations to interactive simulations that allow students to test their understanding of the material. This paper describes the app, its functionality, and plans for its pilot use by students in sophomore physics courses.
Ventura, T., & Khreishah, A., & Carpinelli, J. D., & Misra, D. (2018, June), Board 17: The Multi-Platform Optics and Photonics Educational App Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29973
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