Fiber Optics Basics

Lesson 2: Fiber Optic Jargon

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Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
The language of fiber optics
Systems of measurements used in fiber optics
Specialized fiber optic terms

The key to understanding any technology is understanding the language of the technology – the jargon. We’ve started the website and book with an overview of fiber jargon to introduce you to the language of fiber optics and help you understand what you will be reading in the lessons. We suggest you read this section first to help your understanding of the rest of the course and refer back to it when you encounter a term that you do not recognize.

Student Assignment:
Watch the video and read either of the references before you take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension)

FOA YouTube Videos:

Online FOA Reference:
Fiber Optic Jargon  

Book Chapter:

FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, Chapter 2 (Print Version)

 Test Your Knowledge:
Online Quiz
Textbook: take the Quiz at the end of Chapter 2 and check your answers

Optional - Extra Credit Reading (and future reference)

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