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Honors Physical Science
Waves - A study of the properties of waves with sound and light.
Test date (April 2-3, 2003)                pre-Quiz (April 1, 2003)

This unit will allow each student to:

  1.  gain a better understanding of the behavior and characteristics of wave phenomena in general and sound and light waves specifically
  2. continue making proper scientific measurements and calculations w/ significant digits
  3. define and properly use all vocabulary
  4. properly apply all terms in describing/explaining real world examples
  5. relate these concepts her/his daily activities and behaviors
  6. teach someone else the concepts discussed
  7. practice proper laboratory safety
This will be accomplished by each student that is able to:
  1. draw and label the parts of transverse and longitudinal waves
  2. identify properties of waves and wave motion
  3. use the relationships of wave speed, frequency, wavelength, and period in calculations
  4. compare and contrast longitudinal and transverse waves
  5. analyze wave interactions with matter including reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and polarization
  6. describe the process of human hearing, including all anatomical parts
  7. describe the role of overtones and interference in musical quality
  8. illustrate and identify examples of the Doppler effect
  9. relate the speed of sound to medium conditions
  10. identify and properly arange the different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum
  11. list/describe applications of different electromagnetic waves
  12. describe the process of human vision, the eight main parts and vision correction
  13. distinguish between primary colors of light and pigment
  14. use color algebra to predict colors produced by the mixing of primary/secondary colors of light and pigment
  15. observe and explain afterimages
  16. state the law of reflection; state the law of refraction
  17. draw light as a ray; draw and identify incident and reflected rays striking both flat and curved surfaces
  18. identify angles of incidence, reflection, and refraction
  19. properly draw a normal to measure angle of incidence, angle of reflection, angle of refraction
  20. determine the focal point and center of curvature of a concave mirror
  21. use easy rays to find and describe (4 properties) images formed by curved mirrors and lenses
  22. predict the properties of an image based on the object's relative location to the mirror or lens
  23. properly draw and label ray diagrams for light rays on concave and convex mirrors
  24. compare/contrast mirrors and lenses
  25. identify the speeding up or slowing down (and associated bending) of light as it passes from one medium to another
  26. state the speed of light in a vacuum
  27. identify the optical structures of telescopes, microscopes, and cameras
  28. know what the acronym LASER stands for; describe lasers and their uses
Honors Physical Science
Waves - A study of the properties of waves with sound and light.
Holt Science Spectrum - issued textbook Foundations of Physical Science - See teacher for access 
11.1 - Types of Waves - p. 364 #1-6
11.2 - Characteristics of Waves - p. 373 #1-6, 7-9
11.3 - Wave Interactions - p. 380 #1-8
12.1 - Sound - p. 398 #1-3, 7, 8, 10
12.2 -  The Nature of Light - p. 405 #2-5
12.3 - Reflection and Color - p. 411 #2-8
12.4 - Refraction, Lenses, and Prisms - p. 418 #1-8
Chapter 11 - Introduction to Harmonic Motion
Chapter 12 - Introduction to Waves
Chapter 13 - Introduction to Sound
Chapter 14 - Light and Color
Chapter 15 - Optics
Lingo to be Learned - you are expected to know the boldface words for the baseQuiz

amplitude, longitudinal/compressional wave, crest, frequency/pitch, intensity/loudness/volume, interference, medium, beats,  resonance, reverberation, transverse wave, trough, wave, wavelength, rest position, deciBel, Doppler shift, period, oscillation, overtone, fundamental frequency, sound, cochlea, diffraction, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic spectrum, opaque, photon, pigment, light, reflection, refraction, translucent, transparent, compression, rarefaction, angle of incidence, normal line, angle of reflection, angle of refraction, polarized, laser, hologram, concave, convex, virtual image, real image, focal point, center point, apex, optical axis, optical center, mirror, lens, center of curvature, index of refraction

Worksheets - will be checked during pre-Quiz

Group Lab - Catch a Wave!

One must be turned in the day of the workQuiz.
You can choose to turn in one from this link, use in class options, or choose to find an article.

Math Practice
p. 370 #1-4 (Wave equation)
Possible applications
These may help you in deciding what path to follow for STS articles or the Final Project.
-Detailed study of one segment of the electromagnetic spectrum. 
-UV and the ozone layer. 
-Why is the sky blue and the sunset red? 
-The Moon is the "Silent Planet". 
-Vision of select animals
-Human vision
-Emission spectrums
-Noise induced hearing loss. 
-Use of sonar. 
-Color blindness. 
-Color printing. 
-Stone Mountain Laser Show 
-Ultrasonic therapy 
-Study a musical instrument in terms of wave behavior of sound
-Acoustic engineering 
-Microwave ovens 
-Red shift/blue shift (Doppler) 
-Theatrical Lighting 
-Broadcast TV and radio