This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class is extremely interesting but is also very time-consuming. Attendance is taken for lecture and discussion, but that's because without lecture or discussion you'd get lost in the material. The assignments are a big part of your grade and they're very intense. Every assignment so far requires some use of Matlab/Mathematica/etc. The course requires previous knowledge of both Maxwell Equations (EECS 180A) as well as some experience dealing with semiconductors (EECS 170A minimum). This course is very dense in material!
Course highlights:
This course includes topics such as applications of optical physics to fiber optic lines, fiber optic waveguides and other real world characteristics and phenomena of fiber optics, semiconductor applications to fiber optics, etc.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Practice plotting and other mathematical concepts in Matlab. The formulas in the course aren't too hard to follow but they do require a bit of time to become proficient with. Give extra time to do the homework; they're the majority of the grade and their difficulty definitely means you need to earn it.