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Ch 15: MTEL Physics: Oscillations & Wave Motion

About This Chapter

Watch these lessons and get information on oscillations and wave motion that may help you on the MTEL Physics exam. The videos and quizzes offer a review of waves, vibrations and energy.

MTEL Physics: Oscillations & Wave Motion - Chapter Summary

The chapter's lessons offer a review of topics including simpler harmonic motion and spring-block oscillator that will help you prepare for the MTEL Physics exam. Our videos and quizzes offer information that may aid you in answering questions such as:

  • Using formulas for simple harmonic motion
  • Describing vertical motion, frequency and mass
  • Telling the difference between kinetic and potential energy
  • Showing equations involving pendulums
  • Defining transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Explaining vibrations and waves
  • Interpreting diffraction's relation to sound and light
  • Defining constructive and destructive interference

Our instructors offer information and techniques that will help you get ready for these types of questions on the MTEL Physics exam. By making use of our videos, transcripts, quizzes and video tags, you could become well-equipped to tackle questions on oscillations and waves.

MTEL Physics: Oscillations & Wave Motion Chapter Objectives

In Massachusetts, passing the MTEL Physics exam is required of anyone seeking certification to teach this subject. Topics discussed in the Oscillations and Wave Motion chapter are found in the test's subarea on waves, sound and light, which accounts for 14% of the entire test.

All questions in this subarea are multiple-choice. The quizzes that accompany each of our video lessons may help you prepare for answering multiple-choice questions on a computer. The quizzes will also let you assess your knowledge and see if there are any parts of the lesson you need to review.

9 Lessons in Chapter 15: MTEL Physics: Oscillations & Wave Motion
Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples

1. Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples

After watching this video, you should be able to explain what simple harmonic motion is, describe the features of the motion, and use equations to solve simple harmonic motion problems, particularly for a mass on a spring. A short quiz will follow.

Hooke's Law & the Spring Constant: Definition & Equation

2. Hooke's Law & the Spring Constant: Definition & Equation

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what Hooke's Law is and use the equation for Hooke's Law to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Simple Harmonic Motion: Kinetic Energy & Potential Energy

3. Simple Harmonic Motion: Kinetic Energy & Potential Energy

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what simple harmonic motion is, describe the energy interplay involved in various situations, and use energy equations to solve simple harmonic motion problems. A short quiz will follow.

Spring-Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion, Frequency & Mass

4. Spring-Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion, Frequency & Mass

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how a spring-block oscillator is an example of simple harmonic motion. You will also be able to use an equation for a spring-block oscillator that relates the frequency and mass of the block.

Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations

5. Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a pendulum is, why it is an example of simple harmonic motion, and use equations to solve pendulum problems. A short quiz will follow.

Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples

6. Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples

What comes to mind when you think of a wave? Chances are your mental image takes the form of a transverse wave. But, longitudinal waves are just as important, and understanding the difference is vital to learning about waves. In this lesson, explore both types of waves and the unique characteristics of each.

Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion

7. Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion

What is a wave? What causes waves, and how do they travel from one place to another? This lesson will guide you through the basics of waves. We'll discuss their origins from vibrations and investigate how they carry energy through a medium.

Diffraction: Relation to Sound & Light and Effects of Wavelength

8. Diffraction: Relation to Sound & Light and Effects of Wavelength

This lesson explores diffraction as one of the many behaviors of waves. Learn how diffraction occurs in sound and light waves and how it is affected by the wavelength of a wave. Find out how animals use diffraction to communicate and how scientists use it to study molecules.

Constructive and Destructive Interference

9. Constructive and Destructive Interference

What happens when one wave meets another? Do the waves converge to make one giant wave? Or, do they destroy each other? In this lesson, we'll explore the workings of wave interference.

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