American Journal of Physics
Many advanced undergraduates find it difficult to connect abstract mathematical formalisms with the concrete physical phenomena that they describe. A course in optics from a numerical methods point of view is described. Its purpose is to exploit the students’ familiarity with computng in order to more effectively learn the physics involved in a number of realistic phenomena. The combination of demonstrations, computer calculations, and computer graphics display of the results can prove to be a useful tool in developing physical intuition in students.
Lock, James A., "Numerical Methods in Optics: A Course About Learning Physics Through Computing" (1987). Physics Faculty Publications. 21.
Lock, James A. "Numerical Methods in Optics: A Course About Learning Physics Through Computing." American Journal of Physics 55 (1987): 1121-1125.
Copyright 1987 American Association of Physics Teachers. The article appeared in American Journal of Physics 55 (1987): 1121-1125 and may be found at http://aapt.scitation.org/doi/10.1119/1.15257