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Unit 3: Waves

Unit 3 focuses on Waves and their properties and uses. We will spend most of our time in chapter 12, with some focus on seismic waves found in chapter 28.3.

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Earthquake Widget:


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CLICK HERE to download a copy of the chapter 12 Test Study Guide!!

Class Power Points:

10-4 and 10-5-12 Chapter 12.1 Introduction to Waves and Wave Types:


Waves In Motion PPT:



CA- California K-12 Academic Content Standards
Subject : Science
Grade : Grades Nine Through Twelve
Area : Physics
Sub-Strand : Waves
Concept 4: Waves have characteristic properties that do not depend on the type of wave. As a basis for understanding this concept:
Standard a: Students know waves carry energy from one place to another.
Standard b: Students know how to identify transverse and longitudinal waves in mechanical media, such as springs and ropes, and on the earth (seismic waves).
Standard e.: Students know radio waves, light, and X-rays are different wavelength bands in the spectrum of electromagnetic waves whose speed in a vacuum is approximately 3 x 10^8 m/s (186,000 miles/second).
Standard d: Students know sound is a longitudinal wave whose speed depends on the properties of the medium in which it propagates.
Standard f: Students know how to identify the characteristic properties of waves: interference (beats), diffraction, refraction, Doppler effect, and polarization.