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Waves

Test Your Knowledge

To calculate your current grade in this subject area, give yourself a confidence score for how well you think you would answer each of the questions below in an exam situation.

These are not the type of questions you would typically find in a physics exam. They are designed to remind you which topics you need to revise.

For scoring, 4= Very confident, 0= No Idea. If a question is not on your syllabus, click N/A and you will not be graded on it.

Can you...

...define transverse?

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...define longitudinal?

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...define wavelength?

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...define amplitude?

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...define period?

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...define frequency?

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...define phase difference?

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...define reflection?

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...define refraction?

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...define polarisation?

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...define wavefront?

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...define the principle of superposition?

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...define constructive and destructive interference?

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...confidently perform phase difference calculations?

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...define coherent?

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...define monochromatic?

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...define diffraction?

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...explain how diffraction can be useful certain situations?

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...explain how diffraction can cause problems in certain situations?

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...explain why single slit diffraction produces fringes?

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...describe Young's double slit experiment?

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...derive Young's double slit formula?

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...explain why multiple slits make sharper diffraction patterns?

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...describe how the size of a wavelength determines how much diffraction occurs?

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...explain how a diffrection grating can be useful to scientists?

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...define intensity?

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...define progressive wave?

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...define stationary wave?

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...explain how standing waves are produced?

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...explain the difference between a node and an antinode?

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...confidently calculate wavelength, frequency etc of resonant vibrations both on strings and in pipes?

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...state the wavelength band for each category of waves in the electromagnetic spectrum?

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...state the main uses for each catergory of waves in the electromagnetic spectrum?

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...explain how you would detect if light is polarised or not?

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...describe in detail what the doppler effect is?

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...define refractive index?

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...define critical angle?

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...explain how a optical fibre works?

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...define total internal reflection?

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...list some uses of optical fibres?

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...explain what multipath dispersion is?

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