HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS 1 COURSE. ( SPH 3U1/SPH 4A1)
updated: Aug 2006
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Sound and music represent significant elements in today's culture. A world without sound would be a very different place. Radio, television, and the telephone are examples of technologies that make use of sound. Sound and music are used to communicate ideas, information, and emotions yet we regularly endanger our ability to hear by exposing ourselves to sound levels that have been shown to cause hearing loss. This unit is intended to help you understand some basic concepts of sound and waves, including how the human ear works.
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the speed and transmission of transverse and longitudinal waves in solids, liquids
describe resonance and the conditions needed for it to occur
explain how resonance is used in musical instruments
apply knowledge of sound and waves to acoustics and ultrasound.
define & use terms related to waves: amplitude, wavelength, frequency, period,
phase, superposition, longitudinal, transverse, interference, standing waves,
illustrate superposition, constructive, and destructive interference with diagrams
use the universal wave equation to find v, f, or ?
determine amplitude, wavelength and frequency of a transverse wave from a graph
describe and sketch the reflection of a wave from fixed and free ends of a string
state what factors determine the speed of a wave on a string
find the speed of sound at a given temperature (using v = 331 + 0.6 T)
sketch standing waves for strings, open and closed air columns
determine the wavelength and frequency of these standing waves
explain the cause of the Doppler effect
use the Doppler equation to solve problems
show how the superposition principle creates standing waves
derive and use the formula for the period of a simple pendulum
state what approximation must be made in deriving the period
label a diagram of the human ear and describe the function of each part
relate decibel levels to hearing loss and take protective measures
explain how beats occur and determine the beat frequency
explain how sonic booms occur and what happens when you break the sound barrier
Ministry of Education requirement
AP Physics requirement
Teacher's extra requirement
Not done: in-phase / out-of phase
Last updated: Aug 2006