Ch 18: CEOE Physical Science: Sound & Light Waves

About This Chapter

Expand your knowledge of sound and light waves if you'll soon be taking the CEOE Physical Science examination for teacher licensure. Online video lessons touch on topics that include the Doppler effect and wave-particle duality.

CEOE Physical Science: Sound and Light Waves - Chapter Summary

This chapter can provide you with an overview of sound and light waves. Use it to review familiar concepts or to gather new information in advance of taking the CEOE Physical Science examination. Unique online lessons will give you the opportunity to explore the implications of the law of reflection, the characteristics of longitudinal and transverse waves, and the process of wave interference. Subsequent to studying this chapter, you could be capable of:

  • Understanding the differences between vibrations and waves
  • Identifying wave parameters
  • Defining transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Examining the factors that contribute to the speed of sound
  • Providing examples of diffuse reflection
  • Explaining how diffraction can be utilized
  • Contrasting constructive and destructive interference
  • Discussing some applications of the Doppler effect
  • Understanding the wave-particle duality theory

As an aspiring science educator, you'll need to know all about sound and light waves. Study and review this chapter at your convenience in order to prepare for the CEOE Physical Science examination. The entertaining online lessons can be accessed on a mobile device. They include graphics and animation, and you can utilize the full-screen function or adjust the volume whenever necessary. Skip from one section to the next with the video tags. There are quizzes in every video, and the corresponding worksheets containing your correct answers can be printed out as an offline resource.

CEOE Physical Science: Sound and Light Waves Chapter Objectives

You must pass all three subareas of the CEOE Physical Science examination in order to qualify for an Oklahoma teaching endorsement. Adding up to 32% of the test, Subarea II, Motion, Forces and Energy, includes questions on waves. The knowledge you've gained in this chapter can be applied here. One constructed-response item and 80 selected-response questions make up the whole examination, which is administered by computer and takes four hours to complete. A minimum score of 240 is required.

9 Lessons in Chapter 18: CEOE Physical Science: Sound & Light Waves
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Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion

1. 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.

Wave Parameters: Wavelength, Amplitude, Period, Frequency & Speed

2. Wave Parameters: Wavelength, Amplitude, Period, Frequency & Speed

How do we measure and describe waves? How do waves differ based upon their shapes? This lesson will guide you through the five wave parameters - period, frequency, amplitude, wavelength, and speed - that we use to characterize waves.

Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples

3. 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.

What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound

4. What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound

Explore the minute workings of sound waves and how they travel. We'll discuss the main factors that affect the speed of sound waves, and we'll try some mathematical problems involving the wave equation.

Diffuse Reflection: Definition, Examples & Surfaces

5. Diffuse Reflection: Definition, Examples & Surfaces

This lesson explores the law of reflection and how it applies to different surfaces and wave types. We'll learn the difference between specular and diffuse reflection and investigate how diffuse reflection affects our perception of sound and light.

Diffraction: Relation to Sound & Light and Effects of Wavelength

6. 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

7. 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.

The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

8. The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

What is the Doppler effect? How does it affect our perceptions of sound and light? In this lesson, learn how traveling wave sources can change the way we observe sound and light waves. Explore the applications of the Doppler effect on shock waves, sonic booms, and the movements of distant galaxies.

Wave-Particle Duality: Concept, Explanation & Examples

9. Wave-Particle Duality: Concept, Explanation & Examples

Is light a particle with mass and substance? Or, is it just a wave traveling through space? Most scientists say light is both a particle and a wave! Find out how they came to this strange conclusion as we learn about the theory of wave-particle duality.

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