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Ch 25: Chapter 25: Vibrations and Waves

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The Vibrations and Waves chapter of this Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics Companion Course helps students learn the essential physics lessons of vibrations and waves. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Vibrations and Waves textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics' Vibrations and Waves chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the vibrations and waves topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Pendulums
  • 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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7 Lessons in Chapter 25: Chapter 25: Vibrations and Waves
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Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations

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.

Waves: Types & Definition

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.

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

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.

Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples

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.

Constructive and Destructive Interference

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.

Standing Wave: Definition, Equation & Theory

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.

The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

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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