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Ch 16: MTLE Physics: Waves

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Use these online physics lessons to learn more about waves. These lessons come with multiple-choice quizzes to test your knowledge of the material and help you prepare for the MTLE Physics exam.

MTLE Physics: Waves - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to study information about waves. Our experienced instructors walk you through each lesson so you are prepared to take the MTLE Physics exam. These lessons cover the following topics:

  • Types of waves
  • Wave propagation and parameters
  • Wave displacement
  • Frequency of waves
  • Transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Sound waves
  • Standing and complex waves
  • The Doppler effect

In this chapter, you will find video and text lessons on each of the topics that have been listed above. Within the text lessons you will find major vocabulary words in bold. This is done to place emphasis on the important topics and keywords that you should be familiar with in order to successfully pass the MTLE Physics exam. After reviewing the lesson, take the self-assessing quiz to make sure you are retaining what you are studying.

11 Lessons in Chapter 16: MTLE Physics: Waves
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Waves: Types & Definition

1. Waves: Types & Definition

Examine the different types of waves and what parts of our daily lives are affected by waves, from the ocean to the microwave to sound. Explore how waves are measured and classified.

Wave Propagation

2. Wave Propagation

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what wave propagation is, and describe the factors that affect the speed of wave propagation. A short quiz will follow.

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

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.

Wave Displacement: Definition & Formula

4. Wave Displacement: Definition & Formula

As a transverse wave travels, it affects the material it is traveling through. We can learn more about how it affects that material by exploring wave displacement and learning how to calculate it.

What Is Frequency? - Definition, Spectrum & Theory

5. What Is Frequency? - Definition, Spectrum & Theory

In this lesson, you will learn what frequency is, and how that is observed by our senses both in terms of light (the electromagnetic spectrum) and sound. A short quiz will follow.

Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples

6. 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

7. 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.

The Superposition Principle & Standing Waves

8. The Superposition Principle & Standing Waves

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what the superposition principle is, and how this leads to the formation of standing waves. A short quiz will follow.

Standing Wave: Definition, Equation & Theory

9. Standing Wave: Definition, Equation & Theory

In this lesson, you'll learn about the kind of waves that are responsible for our experience of musical notes. These waves are called standing waves. Learn what makes them unique and how they represent the notes we hear.

Complex Waves as Superpositions of Sinusoidal Waves

10. Complex Waves as Superpositions of Sinusoidal Waves

When sinusoidal waves come into contact with each other, they create a resultant wave. In this lesson, we'll learn how the properties of the interacting sinusoidal waves can create complex waves.

The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

11. The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

What is the Doppler effect? How does it affect our perceptions of sound and light? In this lesson, learn how traveling wave sources can change the way we observe sound and light waves. Explore the applications of the Doppler effect on shock waves, sonic booms, and the movements of distant galaxies.

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