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Ch 17: MTEL Physics: Electromagnetic Waves

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Let us help you review information about electromagnetic waves and how they function as you prepare for the MTEL Physics exam. Our videos and quizzes will enable you to succeed with these types of questions on test day.

MTEL Physics: Electromagnetic Waves - Chapter Summary

Let this chapter's lessons guide you in refreshing your knowledge of the properties and applications of electromagnetic waves to help you get ready for the MTEL Physics exam. The information in our lessons may help you answer questions on the exam regarding:

  • The definition for electromagnetic waves
  • Sources and properties of electromagnetic waves
  • The major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Interference patterns and equations regarding single- and double-slit diffraction
  • Wavelength, spectrum and energy of electromagnetic radiation
  • Applications of X-rays
  • Specular reflection

Our instructors are experts who make each topic understandable in these brief, engaging video lessons. They simplify the learning process through their enjoyable teaching styles and use of examples.

7 Lessons in Chapter 17: MTEL Physics: Electromagnetic Waves
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Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties

1. Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties

In this lesson, learn the basics of electromagnetic waves and how they make up the electromagnetic spectrum. We will explore the major trends and categories within the spectrum, as well as the various sources of electromagnetic waves.

The 7 Major Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

2. The 7 Major Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

This lesson will walk you through each of the major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Explore the unique characteristics of X-rays, microwaves, radio waves, UV rays, infrared, gamma rays, and of course, visible light.

Single-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

3. Single-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what single-slit diffraction is, describe and picture the pattern that it creates on a distant screen and use the equation of single-slit diffraction to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Double-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

4. Double-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

This lesson explores double-slit diffraction, including the significance of Young's double slit experiment and how the diffraction pattern forms. You will also learn to use equations to calculate the positions of minima and maxima in the pattern.

What is Electromagnetic Radiation? - Wavelength, Spectrum & Energy

5. What is Electromagnetic Radiation? - Wavelength, Spectrum & Energy

Light, microwaves, X-rays, and cell phone transmissions are all examples of electromagnetic radiation. Read more about this fascinating, mostly invisible phenomenon that has been harnessed by humans for so many purposes. A quiz is included.

What Are X-rays? - Definition & Uses

6. What Are X-rays? - Definition & Uses

This lesson describes X-rays and their many uses, from looking at broken bones to analyzing the rocks on Mars. Learn how X-rays are part of the larger electromagnetic spectrum, which ranges from radio waves to powerful gamma rays.

Specular Reflection: Definition & Examples

7. Specular Reflection: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define specular reflection, explain how it differs from diffuse reflection, and give some examples of specular reflection: when it is useful and when it is problematic. A short quiz will follow.

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