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Ch 14: Wave Optics: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Wave Optics chapter of this Physics 101: Help and Review course is the simplest way to master wave optics. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of wave optics.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering wave optics material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about wave optics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding equations and principles related to wave optics
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about wave optics
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Wave Optics chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Wave Optics chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any wave optics question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a wave optics unit of a standard introductory physics course. Topics covered include:

  • Types of mirrors
  • Ray tracing
  • Equations for mirror and lens questions
  • Malus's Law
  • Brewster's Law
  • Huygen's Principle
  • Single-, double- and multiple-slit diffraction
  • Diffraction gratings
  • Thin film interference
  • Applications of the Michelson Interferometer

17 Lessons in Chapter 14: Wave Optics: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical

1. Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and how plane mirrors and spherical mirrors are different, including the images they produce. A short quiz will follow.

Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images

2. Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and use ray tracing diagrams, along with the law of reflection, to explain what you see when you look in a mirror. A short quiz will follow.

Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions

3. Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions

After watching this lesson, you will be able to answer questions on mirrors, stating whether an image is real or virtual, upright or inverted, and larger or smaller. A short quiz will follow.

Thin Lens Equation: Examples & Questions

4. Thin Lens Equation: Examples & Questions

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a lens is (both concave and convex), list uses of lenses in everyday life, and use the thin lens equation to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Using Equations to Answer Lens Questions

5. Using Equations to Answer Lens Questions

After watching this video, you should be able to use equations to answer lens questions, including figuring out whether the image produced by a lens is real or virtual, bigger or smaller, and upright or inverted. A short quiz will follow.

Polarization of Light & Malus's Law

6. Polarization of Light & Malus's Law

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what polarization of light is, list a number of examples of how polarization of light is used, state Malus's Law, and use it to solve problems involving the intensity of light through a polarizer.

Polarization by Reflection & Brewster's Law

7. Polarization by Reflection & Brewster's Law

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what polarization by reflection is, give a few examples of polarization in everyday life, explain Brewster's Law descriptively and use the equation to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Diffraction & Huygen's Principle

8. Diffraction & Huygen's Principle

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what diffraction is, provide some real-life examples of diffraction, state Huygen's Principle, and explain how Huygen's Principle applies to those real-life examples. A short quiz will follow.

Single-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

9. Single-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what single-slit diffraction is, describe and picture the pattern that it creates on a distant screen and use the equation of single-slit diffraction to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Double-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

10. Double-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

This lesson explores double-slit diffraction, including the significance of Young's double slit experiment and how the diffraction pattern forms. You will also learn to use equations to calculate the positions of minima and maxima in the pattern.

Multiple-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

11. Multiple-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to describe the diffraction pattern produced by multiple slits, as well as how it differs from single-slits and double-slits. You will also be able to list examples of diffraction gratings in real life and solve problems to figure out the position of the maxima and minima produced when light in shined through a diffraction grating. A short quiz will follow.

How Thin Film Interference Works

12. How Thin Film Interference Works

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how thin film interference works, give examples of thin film interference in everyday life and solve simple problems. A short quiz will follow.

Michelson Interferometer: Applications

13. Michelson Interferometer: Applications

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a Michelson interferometer is, give some examples of its applications, and discuss the details of the first and most famous historical use of the Michelson interferometer. A short quiz will follow.

Lens Types: Simple, Compound & Other Types

14. Lens Types: Simple, Compound & Other Types

In this lesson we will explore what a compound lens is versus a simple lens as well as what it means for a lens to be concave or convex and how these particular lens shapes can be used to correct certain visual impairments.

Diffraction: Definition, Equation & Examples

15. Diffraction: Definition, Equation & Examples

This article is about diffraction, an important wave phenomenon that produces predictable, measurable effects. We'll define the term, explore the equation and look at some examples of diffraction.

Plane Mirror: Definition & Uses

16. Plane Mirror: Definition & Uses

Imagine a world without mirrors. The way we conduct our lives would be very different. Would we have different views on the way we look? How would we know what was behind us while driving? In this lesson, we'll talk about plane mirrors and their uses.

What is a Concave Mirror? - Definition, Uses & Equation

17. What is a Concave Mirror? - Definition, Uses & Equation

A concave mirror can make images that appear to float in the air! In this lesson, you will learn about what concave mirrors look like and how they work.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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