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Students will learn:
- What the reflection of a wave is
- Types of reflection
- How spherical and plane mirrors differ
- How ray tracing diagrams look
- Equations that apply to mirror questions
- The definition for diffuse reflection
- What Snell's Law and the index of refraction are
- What refracted waves are and why they occur
- The definition of a prism
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1. Reflection of Waves: Definition & Examples
This lesson will define reflection in the context of waves, summarize the types of reflection, and provide examples of reflection in action. A short quiz will follow.
2. Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces
How do waves reflect off of surfaces? How do we account for the images that we see reflected in various objects? Discover the answers to these questions as we investigate the rays and angles defining the law of reflection.
3. Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical
After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and how plane mirrors and spherical mirrors are different, including the images they produce. A short quiz will follow.
4. Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images
After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and use ray tracing diagrams, along with the law of reflection, to explain what you see when you look in a mirror. A short quiz will follow.
5. Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions
After watching this lesson, you will be able to answer questions on mirrors, stating whether an image is real or virtual, upright or inverted, and larger or smaller. A short quiz will follow.
6. 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.
7. Refraction & Dispersion: Definition, Snell's Law & Index of Refraction
Refraction explains why light bends in water. But, did you know that mathematical laws determine exactly how light waves are bent? In this lesson, we'll explore the mechanics of wave refraction, including Snell's Law and the index of refraction.
8. Refracted Wave: Definition & Overview
This lesson will explain what a refracted wave is, and how it works. We will also discuss why exactly it happens in the context of wave speed. A short quiz will follow.
9. What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction
In this lesson, you'll learn about the prism and what prisms do to white light. You'll explore the properties of light waves, as well as the concept of refraction, which causes white light to bend in a prism and spread out into the different spectrum of colors.
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- 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 25: Vibrations and Waves
- Chapter 26: Sound
- Chapter 27: Light
- Chapter 28: Color
- 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