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Ch 38: Waves for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution

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The Waves chapter of this MCAT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about waves. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach all of the wave types and processes required in a typical MCAT prep course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other MCAT prep work.
  • Identify the waves concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our MCAT tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about waves and prepare for the exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding superposition of waves, resonance, beat frequencies or any other waves topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their science learning
  • Prefer learning science visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their waves unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in preparing for the MCAT
  • Don't have access to their MCAT instructor outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about waves simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live MCAT tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about waves on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves.
  • Examine the five parameters used to characterize waves.
  • Learn what happens to waves in the instance of constructive or destructive interference.
  • Find out how resonance affects sound and light waves.
  • Explore the various ways animals and humans use diffraction.

5 Lessons in Chapter 38: Waves for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution
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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.

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.

Constructive and Destructive Interference

3. 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.

Resonance: Definition & Transmission of Waves

4. 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!

Diffraction: Relation to Sound & Light and Effects of Wavelength

5. 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.

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