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Ch 32: Waves & Optics Overview

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Use this informative chapter to review waves and optics in order to complete your homework or to study for an upcoming exam. The video and text lessons that make up this informative and comprehensive study guide are designed by expert instructors and accessible 24 hours a day.

Waves & Optics Overview - Chapter Summary

Our instructors present an overview of optics and waves in this engaging chapter. Topics covered here include the nature of light and wave parameters such as frequency, speed, wavelength, period and amplitude. This chapter is designed to help you meet the following objectives:

  • Identify the different types of electromagnetic waves
  • Explain how wave phenomena works
  • Outline the relationship between sound perception and sound wave properties
  • Give examples of the Doppler Effect
  • Differentiate between plane mirrors and spherical mirrors
  • Discuss prisms and refraction
  • Detail the different kinds of lenses
  • Describe the function of the lens of the eye

You can move at your own pace as you complete these video lessons and quizzes, going back to review any topics that need more work. To easily make offline study guides, print out the lesson transcripts for review any time, anywhere. You can have complete confidence as you study knowing these resources are created by expert instructors. We've designed these lessons and quizzes so you can access them at your convenience on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

10 Lessons in Chapter 32: Waves & Optics Overview
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The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency

1. 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.

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.

What are Electromagnetic Waves: Definition & Types

3. What are Electromagnetic Waves: Definition & Types

Explore electromagnetic (EM) waves, their features and how they differ from other waves. Learn how EM waves are organized on a spectrum based on the amount of energy they produce, from radio waves to gamma rays.

Wave Phenomena: Definition & Examples

4. Wave Phenomena: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about the four basic behaviors, or phenomena, that can be observed when studying waves. These four behaviors are reflection, interference, refraction, and diffraction.

Relationship Between Sound Wave Properties & Sound Perception

5. 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.

The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications

6. 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.

Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical

7. 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.

What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction

8. 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.

Lens Types: Simple, Compound & Other Types

9. 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.

Lens of the Eye: Definition & Function

10. Lens of the Eye: Definition & Function

The lens of the eye focuses light and allows you to see. In this lesson, you will learn what the lens is made of and how it changes shape so that you can have clear vision.

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