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- Identify the lessons in Glencoe Physical Science's Waves chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the 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:
- How waves are formed
- Transverse and longitudinal waves
- Wave parameters
- Reflection of waves
- Refracted waves
- Diffraction of waves
- Constructive and destructive interference
- How resonance affects waves
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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.
2. 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.
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. 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.
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. Resonance: Definition & Transmission of Waves
This lesson describes how sound and light waves are affected by the principle of resonance. Learn how resonance occurs through the vibrations and resonant frequencies of objects. You'll investigate everyday examples of resonance and learn how to break a wine glass with your voice!
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Other chapters within the Glencoe Physical Science: Online Textbook Help course
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 1: The Nature of Science
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 2: Motion
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 3: Forces
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 4: Energy
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 5: Work and Machines
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 6: Thermal Energy
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 7: Electricity
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 8: Magnetism and Its Uses
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 9: Energy Sources
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 11: Sound
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 12: Electromagnetic Waves
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 13: Light
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 14: Mirrors and Lenses
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 15: Classification of Matter
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 16: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 17: Properties of Atoms and the Periodic Table
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 18: Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 19: Elements and Their Properties
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 20: Chemical Bonds
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 21: Chemical Reactions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 22: Solutions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 23: Acids, Bases, and Salts
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 24: Organic Compounds