Ch 60: TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Waves, Sound & Light

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Complete the activities of this chapter to improve your understanding of waves and the properties of waves that affect sound and light before you take the TExES Physics/Mathematics 7-12 exam teachers certification exam.

TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Waves, Sound & Light - Chapter Summary

As part of your preparation for the TExES Physics/Mathematics 7-12 exam, watch these lesson videos to improve your understanding of the components and types of waves. In these videos our expert instructors will explain how the nature and form of waves affect our perception of sound and light, and how these waves can be altered. After viewing these videos you should have a better understanding of:

  • Components, types and parameters of waves
  • Properties of sound waves
  • Electromagnetic waves and the nature of color and light
  • Resonance, reflection and refraction
  • Regions of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Destructive and constructive interference
  • Transparent and opaque materials in electromagnetic waves
  • Doppler effect
  • Prisms

Be sure to ask our instructors any questions you may have about the topics of this chapter and complete the lesson worksheets and quizzes that accompany the lesson videos to reinforce your understanding of the material. The lesson quizzes will also help you find what subject matter you haven't mastered. You may improve your understanding of these topics by returning to the key points of the lesson videos with video tags.

14 Lessons in Chapter 60: TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Waves, Sound & Light
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Waves: Components, Types & Parameters

1. Waves: Components, Types & Parameters

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what a wave is, describe the various types of waves and measure their features, like components and parameters. A short quiz will follow.

Sound: Definition, Influences, Pitch & Volume

2. Sound: Definition, Influences, Pitch & Volume

What is a sound? Learn about sounds and what influences how we perceive them, including pitch and volume. Test your understanding of sound features and finish off with a quiz.

Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties

3. 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 Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency

4. 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, Curved Surfaces & Diffusion

5. Reflection: Angle of Incidence, Curved Surfaces & Diffusion

How does light bounce off surfaces? Learn the differences between how light bounces off flat surfaces, curved surfaces, and non-shiny surfaces. Then reflect on your reflection knowledge with a quiz.

Resonance: Definition & Transmission of Waves

6. 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!

Transparent and Opaque Materials in Electromagnetic Waves

7. 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

8. 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 & Diffraction

9. Refraction, Dispersion & Diffraction

Learn about light waves and how they can be affected by objects. Explore the difference between refraction, dispersion, and diffraction. Take the quiz to see how much you can remember.

Constructive and Destructive Interference

10. 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

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.

The 7 Major Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

12. 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.

Light Rays: Definition, Types & Sources

13. Light Rays: Definition, Types & Sources

This lesson will explain what light rays are, the main types of light rays, and how they can be simulated using lasers or beams of light. A short quiz will follow.

What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction

14. What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction

In this lesson, you'll learn about the prism and what prisms do to white light. You'll explore the properties of light waves, as well as the concept of refraction, which causes white light to bend in a prism and spread out into the different spectrum of colors.

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