Waves - Sound & Light

Waves - vibrations or disturbances in time that extends from one place to another.  There are two basic kinds of waves - longitudinal and transverse.  Students should know the parts and properties of each of these kinds of waves.  There are examples in the textbook as well as in some of the website links below.

In this unit we will learn the basics of sound related to music.  Students should know the basics of operation of musical instruments, including how to determine the pitch (frequency) produced for each type of instrument.  There are three basic types of instruments: string (including percussion instruments which act like two dimensional strings), pipes that are open on both ends and pipes that are closed on one end.  Students should be aware of factors that change the quality and pitch of the sound in each of these types.

The second part of this unit deals with light.  We will focus (pun intended) on geometric optics of light, the effect of reflection and refraction.  The properties and construction of simple lenses and mirrors.  Students need to be able to predict locations of images using both scale drawings and math equations.

Physics Quizzes & Homework Word PDF
  Sound Sound Homework

Sound Quiz 1

Sound Quiz 1
  Sound Quiz 2 Sound Quiz 2
  Lenses & Mirrors Lens & Mirrors Homework
  Mirrors Quiz 1 Mirrors Quiz 1
  Mirrors Quiz 2 Mirrors Quiz 2
  Lenz Quiz 1 Lenz Quiz 1
  Lenz Quiz 2 Lenz Quiz 2
  Lenz Quiz 3 Lenz Quiz 3
  Lenz Quiz 4 Lenz Quiz 4
  Lenz Quiz 5 Lenz Quiz 5


The Physics Classroom - One of the best physics sites on the web!
The Physics Classroom - New Version
Physics Tutorial System
Physics of Sound Course Notes by David Worrall
Acoustics and Vibration Animations Dan Russell
Make your computer play "pure" sounds and harmonics


The Physics Classroom - Mirrors
The Physics Classroom - Lenses
The Physics Zone
Instructions for Ray Diagrams and more!

Sound is a Mechanical Wave
Sound Waves
Music and Sound Waves
Music and the Human Ear
The Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms
The Doppler Effect with a sound demonstration file
Light Waves and Color
Optics For Kids
Converging lens A great site to help with lens diagrams!
Diverging Lens The companion site - check it out!

Light Waves
Mirror Ray Diagrams
Lessons in Optics Make sure to check out the Ray Tracing!
Check here for the history, math and physics of musical scales.