Ch 16: MTTC Physical Science: Waves & Wave Motion

About This Chapter

Energy moves in waves, and these lessons will help you remember how energy waves can produce sound. During your study sessions for the MTTC Physical Science exam, listen to the sounds of our instructors as they explain wave phenomena.

MTTC Physical Science: Waves & Wave Motion - Chapter Summary

Energy that turns into waves that then turn into sound is quite a complex process, but this chapter breaks down the process into smaller pieces for you to review and comprehend. You can put yourself in a better position to answer questions about energy waves on the MTTC Physical Science exam if you use our materials to master the following topics:

  • Types of waves
  • Wave energy and motion
  • Five key parameters of a wave
  • Reflection, refraction, dispersion, and diffraction
  • The Doppler Effect
  • Mechanical waves
  • Resonance and interference
  • Sound waves

If you need help recalling the specifics about waves and wave motion, our study guide will take you through the step-by-step process behind this physics topic. Watching each of the videos in sequence might be a good way to start your study session if it's been a long time since you've gone over wave motion. However, if you know the basic information about wave motion but are still a little fuzzy on some of the details, you can use our menu to search through the titles in the chapter and find the lessons you need. Test your level of preparedness for the MTTC Physical Science exam by responding to our lesson quiz questions.

MTTC Physical Science: Waves & Wave Motion Objectives

Part of the Michigan educator certification requirements for physical science teachers involve getting a score of 220 or higher on the MTTC Physical Science exam. To obtain this minimum score, you will have to discern key facts about three major physical science categories. Those categories include physics, scientific inquiry, and chemistry. Questions in all categories are multiple-choice, and there are 100 questions in total.

Our chapter materials about waves and wave motion should help you recall the characteristics of both audio and visual waves of energy. Likewise, after completing the lessons, you should possess the know-how to answer physics questions about the principles that explain what happens to waves in motion. Wave-related questions can be found within the physics section of the test; this section makes up 40% of the test questions.

14 Lessons in Chapter 16: MTTC Physical Science: Waves & Wave Motion
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Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples

1. 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.

Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion

2. 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

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.

Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces

4. 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

5. 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.

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.

The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

8. 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.

Mechanical Waves: Production & Propagation

9. Mechanical Waves: Production & Propagation

What is a mechanical wave? Learn about the types of mechanical waves, how they are produced, and what affects their propagation, then test yourself by taking a quiz.

Resonance: Definition & Transmission of Waves

10. 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!

Constructive and Destructive Interference

11. 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.

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

12. 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

13. 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.

Relationship Between Sound Wave Properties & Sound Perception

14. Relationship Between Sound Wave Properties & Sound Perception

After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe the properties of sound waves and explain how they relate to what you hear when you listen to a sound. A short quiz will follow.

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