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Henderson's Regular Physics Quizzes

(1997-98 School Year)


Suggestions for this week's quiz (Unit 11 Quiz):

This week's quiz on Unit 11 material is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 13. The quiz will be a one-page quiz (maybe more), covering both sides of a single sheet of paper. The equations for the speed of a wave and the frequency-period relationship will be given. Other than a calculator, no other helps will be provided nor allowed. Students can expect the following concepts, skills, and problem-types to be assessed on this quiz:

  1. An understanding of the nature of a wave as a periodic and repeating disturbance of a medium which transports energy without the transport of matter.
  2. An understanding of the different ways in which waves can be categorized - such as electromagnetic vs. mechanical and longitudinal vs. transverse; an ability to distinguish between longitudinal and transverse waves.
  3. An understanding of the physical properties of waves such as the amplitude, frequency, period, speed, and wavelength; an ability to perform relatively simple computational problems involving wavelength, frequency, speed, and period.
  4. An understanding of the types of variables which do and do not effect the speed of a wave through a given material; the ability to relate the speed of a wave to the distance and time relationship (particularly for echo problems in which there is a reflection of a wave off a barrier causing its return path to its original position).
  5. An understanding of interference as a behavior which occurs as two waves interfere while moving through the same medium; an ability to distinguish between constructive and destructive interference; an ability to use the principle of superosition in order to determine the resultant shape and size of a wave pattern produced by two interfering waves.
  6. An understanding of the behavior of a pulse at the end of a medium, including free-end and fixed-end reflection and the transmission of a pulse from one medium to another medium with a different density.
  7. An understanding of standing wave patterns including the ability to explain how a standing wave is formed from two individual interfering waves; an ability to diagram standing wave patterns for the first five harmonics of a string which is fixed at both ends; an ability to identify the nodes and anti-nodes in a standing wave pattern and to relate the length of the string to the wavelength of the wave for any given harmonic.


Sample Quizzes (Unit 11 Quiz):

There are two sample quizzes currently available on the topic of waves.

Quiz#1 (1991)

Quiz#1 (1995)



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