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Ch 18: Overview of Waves & Sound

About This Chapter

Ride from crest to trough as we help you explore the wonders of waves. In this chapter, you will see how changing a wave's elements specifically affects the transfer of energy and sounds we hear.

Overview of Waves & Sound - Chapter Summary

Amplify your understanding of waves with our knowledgeable instructors. They will guide you through the different types of energy waves, as well as, the parts of waves and how they change. You will learn how modifications in a wave affect the resulting energy transfer. You will also study the properties of sound waves, including how pitch and volume are connected to transverse wave patterns.

The following is a list of concept-related skills you should have by the end of the chapter. You should be able to:

  • Explain the relationships between vibrations, waves, motion, and energy
  • Identify and describe the parameters of a wave
  • Differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Describe sound and model changes to a sound wave
  • Demonstrate changes in the speed, pitch, and volume of sound

The physics models and concepts covered in this chapter are presented to you through short, engaging videos and our professional instructors will guide you through each lesson. To review main points or examples, use the Timeline feature of the player to jump to specific tagged sections of the video. To enhance your learning, all lessons are accompanied by a self-assessment quiz and a lesson transcript. Use these features to review your understanding and determine your level of mastery of this physics topic.

5 Lessons in Chapter 18: Overview of Waves & 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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