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Wave Transmission Learning Outcomes


  • Define the following terms: angle of incidence, angle of reflection, refraction, diffraction, principal focus .
  • Draw diagrams showing reflection from fixed and free ends.
  • Use diagrams to show how waves reflect off straight barriers that they strike perpendicularly and at an angle.
  • Use diagrams to show how waves reflect off parabolic barriers.
  • Use diagrams to explain wave refraction.
  • Describe what happens to the speed and wavelength when waves refract.
  • Use diagrams to explain diffraction of water waves.
  • Use the wave equation to solve problems involving frequency, period and velocity.
  • Relate wave reflection, refraction, and diffraction to everyday experiences.


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