Colour Physics

Design and Graphic Arts
3 ECTS; 1º Ano, 2º Semestre, 45,0 TP + 3,0 O

- Rosa Brígida Almeida Quadros Fernandes


On completion of this course students should demonstrate to be able to solve lighting-related problems and select lighting sources as applied to light design.

1- Concepts photometry : energy and power; luminous flux; luminous efficiency; luminous intensity and illuminance.

2- Electromagnetic spectrum; monochromatic and polychromatic light sources. Black body and color temperature.

3- Reflection ( RE ) and refraction ( RA ) of light: practical applications of RE and RA laws. Fermat principle. Transmission and absorption of light. Important properties of transparent media ( refractive index , absorption coefficient ). Lenses , classification and retrieval of image by geometric construction.

Evaluation Methodology
60% Class development of an individual assignment related with light design (personal or course related choice).

40% Two-mid-term tests. Students will also have (as homework) self-training tests with automatic feedback in all answers.

- Hewitt, P. (2009). Física Conceitual (cap 19, 20, 26, 28 e 29). São Paulo: Bookman
- Fernandes, R. (0). Física da Cor IPT vibes, um PLE para servir de exemplo. Acedido em 1 de dezembro de 2014 em
- Fernandes, R. (0). sebenta pratica de fisica da cor 2012 2013. Acedido em 1 de dezembro de 2014 em
- Fernandes, R. (0). sebenta teorica de fisica da cor 2012 2013. Acedido em 21 de dezembro de 2014 em

Method of interaction
Theoretical and practical problem-solving, one group assignment with weeckly enrolment, practical light-based experiments and online and video simulations.

Software used in class
Moodle, PHET simulations and another online simulations.