Practical Course II: Wave Optics

Practical Course II: Wave Optics


For Mathematics Combinations

Work load:30hrs                                                                                            2 hrs/week

Course outcomes (Practicals):

On successful completion of this practical course the student will be able to,

  1. Gain hands-on experience of using various optical instruments like spectrometer, polarimeterand making finer measurements of wavelength of light using Newton Ringsexperiment, diffraction grating
  2. Understand the principle of working of polarimeter and the measurement of specific rotatory power of sugar solution
  3. Know the techniques involved in measuring the resolving power of telescope and dispersive power of the material of the
  4. Be familiar with the determination of refractive index of liquid by Boy’s method and the determination of thickness of a thin wire by wedge

Minimum of 6 experiments to be done and recorded

  1. Determination of radius of curvature of a given convex lens-Newton’s
  2. Resolving power of
  3. Study of optical rotation –polarimeter.
  4. Dispersive power of a
  5. Determination of wavelength of light using diffraction grating-minimum deviation method.
  6. Determination of wavelength of light using diffraction grating-normal incidence method.
  7. Resolving power of a
  8. Refractive index of a liquid-hallow prism
  9. Determination of thickness of a thin wire by wedge method
  10. Determination of refractive index of liquid-Boy’s



  • Assignments (in writing and doing forms on the aspects of syllabus content and outside the syllabus content. Shall be individual and challenging)
  • Student seminars (on topics of the syllabus and related aspects (individual activity)
  • Quiz (on topics where the content can be compiled by smaller aspects and data (Individuals or groups as teams)
  • Study projects (by very small groups of students on selected local real-time problems pertaining to syllabus or related areas. The individual participation and contribution of students shall be ensured (team activity)


  • Group Discussion
  • Visit to Research Stations/laboratories and related industries


Some of the following suggested assessment methodologies could be adopted;

  • The oral and written examinations (Scheduled and surprise tests),
  • Practical assignments and laboratory reports,
  • Efficient delivery using seminar presentations,
  • Viva voce
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