Understanding Colour

Course Code: NATS 1870 A 6.0

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Course Description:

This course will take a cross- disciplinary approach in examining colour, with the aim of understanding colour and colour phenomena from the multiple viewpoints of art, physics, chemistry, physiology and history. No prior background in art or science is assumed. Mathematics is limited. Topics discussed include: light and colour; colour vision and perception; microscopic interactions between light and materials that create and influence colour; the chemistry of dyes and pigments; atmospheric colour phenomena including rainbows and the Northern Lights; and colour in minerals and gemstones. A trip to the Royal Ontario Museum is planned.

Course Format:

Three lecture hours per week.

Course Credit Exclusions:

SC/NATS 1720 6.00

Mathematical Content:

Mathematical content includes reading, interpreting and sketching graphs, as well as understanding and using scientific notation. This course emphasizes the physical and conceptual bases of important equations (like the relation between wavelength and frequency), rather than requiring calculations using the equations. Simple calculations (with basic arithmetic, exponents, basic geometry) may be discussed and demonstrated in class. There will be no calculations on the midterms nor final exams.

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