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Physics Unit 4 AOS 1 - How can waves explain the behaviour of light?

Learning Areas and Capabilities
VCE - Physics
Audience
VCE Unit 4
Available
Online
VCE Module
Students will learn about properties of mechanical waves and light as a wave

This unit is composed of two different modules that can be completed individually (approximately 4 hours each). The modules include:

Physics Unit 4 AOS 1: 1.1 - Properties of mechanical waves

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to:  

  • Explain a wave as the transmission of energy through a medium without the net transfer of matter. 

  • Distinguish between transverse and longitudinal waves.  

  • Identify and calculate the amplitude, wavelength, period, frequency and speed of waves. 

  • Study constructive and destructive interference from two sources 

  • Explain qualitatively the Doppler effect and resonance as the superposition of a travelling wave. 

  • Analyse the formation of standing waves in strings  

  • Explain diffraction as the directional spread of various frequencies

Physics Unit 4 AOS 1: 1.2 - Light as a wave

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to:      

  • Describe light as an electromagnetic wave and identify that all electromagnetic waves travel at the same speed, c, in a vacuum. 

  • Compare the wavelength and frequencies of different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. 

  • Explain polarisation of visible light and its relation to a transverse wave model. 

  • Explain the behaviour of waves including refraction using Snell’s Law, total internal reflection and critical angle including applications. 

  • Explain colour dispersion in prisms and lenses. 

  • Explain the results of Young’s double slit experiment.

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Duration
Physics Unit 4 AOS 1: 1.1 - Properties of mechanical waves
4 hours
Physics Unit 4 AOS 1: 1.2 - Light as a wave
4 hours
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