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CEOE Physics: Electromagnetic Waves - Chapter Summary
This chapter uses engaging video lessons to explain the electromagnetic wave concepts you'll likely encounter on the CEOE Physics certification assessment. As you work through the material, you will review:
- Sources and properties of electromagnetic waves
- The electromagnetic spectrum and its seven major regions
- Single-slit and double-slit diffraction
- Properties of electromagnetic radiation and x-rays
- Examples of specular reflection
Take the quiz after each lesson to practice using the information you've covered and assess your understanding of the concepts. If you have trouble with any of the chapter material, don't hesitate to reach out to our instructors for guidance.
Objectives of the CEOE Physics: Electromagnetic Waves Chapter
Use the resources in this chapter to study electromagnetic waves and prepare for the CEOE Physics certification test. Lesson quizzes introduce you to the exam format and allow you to assess your test-taking pace.
You will be given four hours to complete the computer-based assessment. As you work through the exam, you will encounter eighty multiple-choice questions (accounting for 85% of your score) and one extended-answer task (accounting for the remainder). Reach out to our instructors if you need any test-taking advice.
1. Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties
In this lesson, learn the basics of electromagnetic waves and how they make up the electromagnetic spectrum. We will explore the major trends and categories within the spectrum, as well as the various sources of electromagnetic waves.
2. The 7 Major Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
This lesson will walk you through each of the major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Explore the unique characteristics of X-rays, microwaves, radio waves, UV rays, infrared, gamma rays, and of course, visible light.
3. Single-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations
After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what single-slit diffraction is, describe and picture the pattern that it creates on a distant screen and use the equation of single-slit diffraction to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.
4. Double-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations
This lesson explores double-slit diffraction, including the significance of Young's double slit experiment and how the diffraction pattern forms. You will also learn to use equations to calculate the positions of minima and maxima in the pattern.
5. What is Electromagnetic Radiation? - Wavelength, Spectrum & Energy
Light, microwaves, X-rays, and cell phone transmissions are all examples of electromagnetic radiation. Read more about this fascinating, mostly invisible phenomenon that has been harnessed by humans for so many purposes. A quiz is included.
6. What Are X-rays? - Definition & Uses
This lesson describes X-rays and their many uses, from looking at broken bones to analyzing the rocks on Mars. Learn how X-rays are part of the larger electromagnetic spectrum, which ranges from radio waves to powerful gamma rays.
7. Specular Reflection: Definition & Examples
This lesson will define specular reflection, explain how it differs from diffuse reflection, and give some examples of specular reflection: when it is useful and when it is problematic. A short quiz will follow.
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