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21 August 2009 An optics first year experience course for community college students
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A common complaint about entering college students is that they are not prepared for the college experience. In response to the problem, many colleges and universities offer "first year experience" (FYE) courses that provide a transition to the college experience, promote academic success and enhance learning. In this paper we describe a first semester optics course for community college students that is taught as an inquiry-based studio-type course. Introduction to Light and Lasers incorporates many ideas of a first year experience course and addresses the issue of students underprepared in mathematics, communication, critical thinking and hands-on laboratory skills.
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Judith Donnelly "An optics first year experience course for community college students", Proc. SPIE 7429, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XII, 74290S (21 August 2009);

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