NSCI 619A - Physics for Educators: Optics

  • 3 credits

Ray, wave, and particle models of light, with diverse applications. Introduction to special relativity and quantum physics via light. Includes regular at-home, hands-on activities.

A Science Lab Kit is utilized during this course.

This course can be applied toward:

Important Information

Lab kits are essential to the learning experience of this course. To assure you receive your lab kit via mail in time for the beginning of the course, please register early. All course materials besides the lab kit (which is shipped to students at no additional charge) and instructor-developed content are Open Educational Resources, available at no cost online. International students, please register at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. If you are an international student and attempting to register within 6 weeks of the course start date, please contact Karina Hassell at Karina.Hassell@colostate.edu for further instructions.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Newton to Einstein: The Trail of Light
    Baierlein, Ralph
    ISBN: 978-0521423236


Martin Gelfand
Martin Gelfand

(970) 491-5263 | Martin.Gelfand@colostate.edu

Dr. Gelfand received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and held postdoctoral research positions at University of California, Los Angeles and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign before joining the Physics department at Colorado State University. His research area is theoretical and computational condensed-matter physics. Some examples of the diverse problems he has contributed to include magnetic flux structures in thin-film superconductors, model calculations for quantum spin systems, and electronic properties of alkali fullerides.

Dr. Gelfand has a long-standing interest in the ideas and innovative teaching methods coming out of the physics education research community and has served on the American Physical Society Committee on Education. He is delighted to have an opportunity to contribute directly to the professional development of science educators.