27 September 2016 Role of simulations in optics education
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Simulations can play an important role in science education. Simulations (enabled by powerful numerical and visualization methods) are excellent tools for teaching optical phenomena. The advantages of using simulations as a tool for teaching optics include, amongst others, (1) giving students an engaging, hands-on active learning experience, (2) helping in understanding equations as physical relationships among experimental measurements and (3) allowing students to investigate phenomena that would not be possible to experiment on in a laboratory or classroom setting. We illustrate the utility of simulations in optics by describing some examples from geometric and physical optics using the open source programming language Python.
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V. Lakshminarayanan, H. Ghalila, A. Ammar, S. Varadharajan, "Role of simulations in optics education", Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 99460N (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2236159; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2236159
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