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- Types of waves
- Amplitude, speed and other wave parameters
- Examples of longitudinal and transverse waves
- Difference between constructive and destructive interference
- Examples and applications of the Doppler effect
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1. 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.
2. Waves: Types & Definition
Examine the different types of waves and what parts of our daily lives are affected by waves, from the ocean to the microwave to sound. Explore how waves are measured and classified.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Standing Wave: Definition, Equation & Theory
In this lesson, you'll learn about the kind of waves that are responsible for our experience of musical notes. These waves are called standing waves. Learn what makes them unique and how they represent the notes we hear.
7. 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.
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Other chapters within the Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics: Online Textbook Help course
- Chapter 1: About Science
- Chapter 2: Mechanical Equilibrium
- Chapter 3: Newton's First Law of Motion-Inertia
- Chapter 4: Linear Motion
- Chapter 5: Projectile Motion
- Chapter 6: Newton's Second Law of Motion - Force and Acceleration
- Chapter 7: Newton's Third Law of Motion - Action and Reaction
- Chapter 8: Momentum
- Chapter 9: Energy
- Chapter 10: Circular Motion
- Chapter 11: Rotational Equilibrium
- Chapter 12: Rotational Motion
- Chapter 13: Universal Gravitation
- Chapter 14: Satellite Motion
- Chapter 15: Special Relativity - Space and Time
- Chapter 16: Relativity - Momentum, Mass, Energy, and Gravity
- Chapter 17: The Atomic Nature of Matter
- Chapter 18: Solids
- Chapter 19: Liquids
- Chapter 20: Gases
- Chapter 21: Temperature, Heat, and Expansion
- Chapter 22: Heat Transfer
- Chapter 23: Change of Phase
- Chapter 24: Thermodynamics
- Chapter 26: Sound
- Chapter 27: Light
- Chapter 28: Color
- Chapter 29: Reflection and Refraction
- Chapter 30: Lenses
- Chapter 31: Diffraction and Interference
- Chapter 32: Electrostatics
- Chapter 33: Electric Fields and Potential Energy
- Chapter 34: Electric Current
- Chapter 35: Electric Circuits
- Chapter 36: Magnetism
- Chapter 37: Electromagnetic Induction
- Chapter 38: The Atom and the Quantum
- Chapter 39: The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity
- Chapter 40: Nuclear Fission and Fusion