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Ch 64: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Wave Behavior

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Let us help you review the behavior of waves with the video lessons in this chapter. This chapter can help you prepare for the MTEL Middle School Mathematics/Science exam.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Wave Behavior - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter will help you refresh your knowledge about different types of waves and how they function in our world. After completing the lessons in this chapter you will have reviewed:

  • How to measure and describe waves
  • Transverse v. longitudinal waves
  • The ways waves reflect off objects
  • Specular and diffuse reflection
  • The power of resonance
  • Refraction and diffraction
  • What happens when waves converge

Each lesson in this chapter consists of a video along with a transcript so that you can refer to the text of the lesson. There are self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson that you can take to test your ability to apply the knowledge reviewed.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Wave Behavior Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Mathematics/Science exam is a professional certification exam that assesses an educator's ability to meet the qualifications set by the state of Massachusetts to teach middle school math and science. The exam includes 10 content subareas, 5 of which are related to science and 5 to math. The lessons in this chapter help you to prepare for the physics subarea of the exam, which accounts for 8% of the total score.

The MTEL Middle School Mathematics/Science exam is a computer-based exam that is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-ended response questions. You will need a score of 240 or higher to pass the exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 64: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Wave Behavior
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Wave Parameters: Wavelength, Amplitude, Period, Frequency & Speed

1. 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

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.

Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Constructive and Destructive Interference

8. 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.

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