Academic Standard

Waves and Optics
Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
No grade range
Subject = Physical World Concepts
Conceptual StrandInvestigating wave behavior reveals information about sound and light.Guiding QuestionHow does the wave model explain the phenomena of sound and light?
Elements within this Standard
Course Level Expectation
Explore conditions associated with simple harmonic motion.
Investigate Hookes law.
Understand wave mechanics.
Examine the Doppler Effect.
Explore the characteristics and properties of sound.
Describe the characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Investigate the interaction of light waves.
Explore the optical principles of mirrors and lenses.
Investigate the phenomenon of color.
Check For Understanding
Investigate simple harmonic motion.
Explore Hookes Law.
Investigate and analyze wavelength, frequency and amplitude of longitudinal and transverse waves.
Compare mechanical and electromagnetic waves.
Investigate reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference of sound waves.
Demonstrate the Doppler Effect.
Determine the speed of sound experimentally and describe how various materials and temperatures affect wave transmission.
Measure spring constants.
Compare wave characteristics to natural auditory phenomena.
Explore properties of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Examine properties of light waves.
Investigate reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference of light waves.
Investigate the polarization of plane and curved mirrors.
Use ray tracings to solve optics of mirrors and lenses problems.
Solve problems related to Snells laws.
Investigate optical phenomena (e.g., mirage, optical illusions, and dichromatic lens effect).
Distinguish between coherent and incoherent light.
Examine the properties of lasers.
Explore the additive and subtractive properties associated with color formation.