Ch 8: Intro to Waves, Sound & Light

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Watch fun and engaging video lessons to get a quality overview of waves, sound and light. This chapter helps you grasp topics that include the nature of vibrations, electromagnetic waves, resonance and diffraction.

Intro to Waves, Sound & Light - Chapter Summary

How much do you know about waves, sound and light? This entertaining chapter can help you find out! Review short video lessons to gain greater insight into these science concepts. Topics covered include energy and motion, the nature of light, wave parameters and reflection. After completing the lessons, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define a wave, and discuss how it originates from a vibration
  • Identify and describe the five wave parameters
  • Differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Describe sound waves and factors that affect their speed of travel
  • Provide details about electromagnetic waves and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Explain how the law of reflection applies to different surfaces and wave types
  • Share the meaning of resonance, refraction, dispersion and diffraction

Review the lessons as short videos that average about 10 minutes each, or access them as full transcripts with helpful vocabulary words. Boost your knowledge of waves, sound and light by studying the lessons in any format, sequence and frequency you desire. Test your understanding by taking short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. Gain additional details by submitting your questions to our experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: Intro to Waves, Sound & Light
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Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion

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.

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

2. 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

3. 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.

What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound

4. What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound

Explore the minute workings of sound waves and how they travel. We'll discuss the main factors that affect the speed of sound waves, and we'll try some mathematical problems involving the wave equation.

Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources, Properties & Regions

5. Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources, Properties & Regions

Electromagnetic waves power everything from your computer's Internet connection to your radio to atomic weapons. In this lesson, we'll look at the entire spectrum, as well as how they are formed and characteristics of each group of waves.

The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency

6. The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency

This lesson introduces the basics of visible light and color. Learn how the visible light spectrum is divided into the six color ranges. We'll also discuss why different people name colors in different ways.

Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces

7. 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.

Diffuse Reflection: Definition, Examples & Surfaces

8. 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.

Resonance: Definition & Transmission of Waves

9. 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!

Refraction & Dispersion: Definition, Snell's Law & Index of Refraction

10. 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.

Diffraction: Relation to Sound & Light and Effects of Wavelength

11. 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.

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