Ch 33: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): Waves, Light & Sound

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Get a quick refresher on wave properties and the behaviors of light and sound waves with this chapter's video lessons on wave amplitude, color frequency, the Doppler effect and more. You can also take short multiple-choice quizzes to test your understanding of these MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam topics.

MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): Waves, Light & Sound - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review the wave types, properties and behaviors you'll need to be familiar with when you sit for the MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam. Listed below are just some of the topics covered in our video lessons:

  • Wave parameters
  • Transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Sound wave speed, pitch and volume
  • Electromagnetic wave properties
  • Frequencies of visible light waves
  • Reflection, absorption and diffuse reflection
  • Transparency and opacity
  • The index of refraction
  • Dispersion and diffraction
  • Constructive and destructive interference
  • The Doppler effect

This chapter features entertaining video lessons as well as multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter test you can take at any point during your studies. You'll also find a personal dashboard that enables you to track your course progress and leave questions for instructors.

MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): Waves, Light & Sound Chapter Objectives

The MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions designed to measure your knowledge in four content domains. Responses to exam questions are used to determine your eligibility for a Michigan teaching endorsement in the area of secondary integrated science.

This chapter can help you prepare for physical science questions on the wave parameters affecting our perception of light and sound, the differences between transverse and longitudinal waves, regions of the electromagnetic spectrum and various wave phenomena, including refraction and reflection. These and other physical science questions make up around 25% of the test content.

16 Lessons in Chapter 33: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): Waves, Light & Sound
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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.

Pitch and Volume in Sound Waves

5. Pitch and Volume in Sound Waves

What do pitch and volume mean when talking about sound waves? Further your understanding of sound waves in this lesson as we explore the more familiar aspects of sound. We'll learn about pitch and volume and how they relate to sound wave parameters.

Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties

6. 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

7. 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.

The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Transparent and Opaque Materials in Electromagnetic Waves

11. Transparent and Opaque Materials in Electromagnetic Waves

What makes an object transparent or opaque? How does light pass through some objects and not others? And what about the other types of electromagnetic waves? We'll investigate all these questions in this lesson about the transparency and opacity of materials.

Color: White Light, Reflection & Absorption

12. Color: White Light, Reflection & Absorption

What gives color to objects? How do light waves interact with materials to produce red and green or white and black? In this lesson, learn how white light is composed of all colors and how absorption and reflection influence our color perception.

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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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.

The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

16. 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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