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2 3.14 understand that light waves are transverse waves which can be reflected, refracted and diffracted 3.15 use the law of reflection (the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection) 3.16 construct ray diagrams to illustrate the formation of a virtual image in a plane mirror 3.17 describe experiments to investigate the refraction of light, using rectangular blocks, semicircular blocks and triangular prisms 3.18 know and use the relationship between refractive index, angle of incidence and angle of refraction: 3.19 describe an experiment to determine the refractive index of glass, using a glass block 3.21 explain the meaning of critical angle c 3.22 know and use the relationship between critical angle and refractive index: 3.20 describe the role of total internal reflection in transmitting information along optical fibres and in prisms 3.23 understand the difference between analogue and digital signals 3.24 describe the advantages of using digital signals rather than analogue signals 3.25 describe how digital signals can carry more information 3.26 understand that sound waves are longitudinal waves and how they can be reflected, refracted and diffracted 3.27 understand that the frequency range for human hearing is 20 Hz 20,000 Hz 3.28 describe an experiment to measure the speed of sound in air 3.29 understand how an oscilloscope and microphone can be used to display a sound wave 3.30 describe an experiment using an oscilloscope to determine the frequency of a sound wave 3.31 relate the pitch of a sound to the frequency of vibration of the source 3.32 relate the loudness of a sound to the amplitude of vibration.

3 3.14 understand that light waves are transverse waves which can be reflected, refracted and diffracted Light is a transverse wave; the direction of wave travel is at 90 to the oscillation which caused it It can be reflected (for example in a mirror), refracted (i.e. its path bends as it crosses from one medium into another) and diffracted (i.e. spreads out as it passes through a narrow gap). Another way to think of these three properties is bounce, bend and spread use the law of reflection (the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection) When light falls on a smooth, highly polished surface such as a piece of polished metal it is reflected (turned back). Glass mirrors have a thin layer of silvering on the back of a piece of glass which is protected with a coat of paint, and it is this silver surface that causes the reflection. Reminder: The law of reflection Angle of incidence (i) = Angle of reflection (r) normal Angle of incidence i r Angle of reflection Remember you always measure the angle of incidence and angle of reflection from the normal; this is a line at 90 to the surface construct ray diagrams to illustrate the formation of a virtual image in a plane mirror The image of an object is as far behind the mirror as the object is in front, and the same size. However if you look behind the mirror for the image it isn t really there. The image is therefore said to be virtual. In addition, the actual rays do not cross where the image is formed. To draw a ray diagram to illustrate the reflection of an object in a plane mirror follow these steps:

4 1 2 First draw a line from the object which crosses the mirror at right angles. Mark the image the same distance behind the line as the object is in front of the line Object 1 2 Image 3 4 Now draw 2 rays coming from the image which cross the mirror. The rays should be dotted behind the mirror and solid in front of the mirror. Don t forget to put arrows on the lines to show that they are coming from the image. Now connect the points at which the rays crosses the mirror to object 4 5 Now add normals at right angles to the mirror where the rays bounce off it. Mark the angles of incidence and reflection which should be identical 3 6 Finally draw an eye to show where the virtual image is being viewed from. 5 6

5 3.17 describe experiments to investigate the refraction of light, using rectangular blocks, semicircular blocks and triangular prisms Refraction Light bends when it passes from one medium (material) to another. This is called refraction. It is caused by a change in the speed of the light.

6 Refraction can also be seen in rectuangular and triangular glass blocks. You need to be able to add normal to different shapes: Regtangles are the easiest, followed by triangles. Circular and semi-circular blocks are slightly trickier as the normal is a 90 to the tangent where the light enters the block know and use the relationship between refractive index, angle of incidence and angle of refraction: The refractive index (n) of a substance is given by the relationship: Where i is the angle of incidence and r is the angle of refraction. Remember that both of these angles are measured from the normal. You will not be given this equation so need to be able to remember it. You will also need to be able to rearrange it to find i or r. You need to be careful when rearranging trig functions; to find i get sin(i) on its own first and then use the inverse sin function (or anti sin or shift sin whichever you want to call it). ( ) Air to glass i Air Glass Light moves slowly in glass and bends towards the normal

7 The greater the refractive index, the more the light ray will be turned. When the light is enters the glass it is slowed down. Its frequency stays the same which means the wavelength must get smaller (v=fλ). One last thing to watch out for is that n must never be less than 1. Very occasionally they show the light leaving the glass block and ask you to calculate a value. Remember, for the calculation the bigger angle is i and the smaller angle is r. If you get a math error on your calculator or a refractive index of less than 1 then try switching your angles describe an experiment to determine the refractive index of glass, using a glass block i r r # 1. Place a glass block onto a sheet of white paper and draw around the block. 2. Use a ray box to shine a single incident ray into the block (this can be formed with a slit). 3. Mark crosses on the paper along the incident and emerging rays. 4. Remove the glass block and use a ruler to mark the incident and emerging rays, and to connect the entry and exit points to show the path of light within the block. 5. Draw the normal at the entry point 6. Use a protractor to measure the angle of incidence 7. Use a protractor to measure the angle of refraction 8. Calculate the refractive index using the equation 9. Repeat for two other incident angles, and take the average value of n.

8 3.21 explain the meaning of critical angle c Light is bent away from the normal at is goes from a high refractive index to a low refractive index. At a certain angle, the critical angle c, the light will be refracted so that is goes along the surface of the material; here the angle of refraction is 90. c If light hits the surface at a greater angle than this it will not escape the material but instead will totally reflected. This is effect is known as total internal reflection. Remember, for total internal reflection to occur the angle of incidence must be greater than the critical angle and the light must be going from a high refractive index to a low refractive index know and use the relationship between critical angle and refractive index: The critical angle c can be calculated from the refractive index n using the equation Again, you need to be able to recall this equation and rearrange it: ( ) 3.20 describe the role of total internal reflection in transmitting information along optical fibres and in prisms Optical Fibres and Prisms Fibre optics are thin solid tubes of glass or transparent plastic. Information can be sent along them by shining pulses of light in at one end. Since the light hits the surface at greater than the critical angle it is totally internally reflected. Fibre optics are widely used for telecommunications for example carrying telephone calls and internet data across the Atlantic ocean. Outside of the glass fibre is a material with a lower refractive index than the glass to ensure total internal reflection happens. Glass fibre Angle of incidence larger than the critical angle

9 Total internal reflection can be used to make prisms act like mirrors if the angle of incidence on the face is greater than the critical angle for the material, the light will be reflected. As the critical angle for glass is 42 this means that light can be shone in at 45 and so turned by 90 or 180.

10 3.23 understand the difference between analogue and digital signals Information is transmitted using either analogue or digital signals. Digital signals are a coded form of signal that can only have a value of 1 or 0 (i.e. ON or OFF). Examples include CDs and signals inside a computer. Analogue signals however can have any value for example a mercury thermometer reading or a vinyl record. Analogue signal Digital Signal 3.24 describe the advantages of using digital signals rather than analogue signals Digital signals have several advantages, the main advantage is that because they can only be on or off then they are very simple to deal with. Less affected by interference the digital signal above has been affected by significant interference but it is still possible to tell where the signal is on and where it is off Interference is not increased when the signal is amplified (since values can still only be on or off and signals can be cleaned before amplification) Easily processed by a computer 3.25 describe how digital signals can carry more information Digital signals are able to carry more information which is why digital TV has so many more channels. Different frequencies of light can be used to send more data at the same time (e.g. different coloured light can carry different streams of data). This is known as multiplexing. As digital signals are simpler, more data can be sent in the same period of time (the frequency of transmission is higher). Because digital signals can be easily cleaned the quality of the data can be maintained over longer distances.

11 3.26 understand that sound waves are longitudinal waves and how they can be reflected, refracted and diffracted Sound waves are longitudinal waves the vibrations occur parallel to the direction the wave is travelling. They exhibit all the features that are common to all waves: Echoes are reflections of sound. You can work out how far away an object (such as a cliff) is by clapping your hands and timing how long the sound wave takes to travel to the cliff and return. Remember to halve this time, as you are only interested in the time taken to travel to the cliff. Sound waves are usually refracted (bent) downwards at night speed of sound increases with air temperature and the warmer air at higher altitudes causes this effect. Sound waves are diffracted (spread out) through doorways, allowing us to hear what is happening in the corridor outside understand that the frequency range for human hearing is 20 Hz 20,000 Hz Humans can hear sounds with frequencies between 20Hz (a very low pitched hum) and Hz (a very high pitched squeek). Sounds higher than 20000Hz cannot be heard by humans and are known as ultrasound. Sound waves with this frequency can be used for medical imaging (e.g. imaging foetuses or bloodflow). You need to be able to recall these values describe an experiment to measure the speed of sound in air A common exam question asks you to describe an experiment to measure the speed of sound in air. The diagram below illustrates how the equipment should be set up.

12 Use a tape measure to position two microphones a distance of 2m apart. Bang a pair of wooden blocks so that that sound wave travels first past microphone 1, and then past microphone 2. When microphone 1 hears the sound, the timer starts When microphone 2 hears the sound the timer stops Repeat the experiment 5 times to find the average time (in seconds) that the sound takes to travel 2m. Use the equation to calculate the speed of sound understand how an oscilloscope and microphone can be used to display a sound wave 3.30 describe an experiment using an oscilloscope to determine the frequency of a sound wave Sound waves can be turned into electrical signals using a microphone. If this microphone is connected to an oscilloscope it visualise the sound wave. A typical oscilloscope display is shown below. The vertical axis shows the amplitude this wave has an amplitude of 4 squares. Time is shown across the horizontal axis. The time-base scale tells you how much each square (or division ) represents. Often time-base is in ms/div i.e. milli-seconds per division or 1/1000 th of a second per division. The time period is measured between consecutive peaks on the display. In this example the time-base is 2.5ms/div, and the time period is measured as 6 squares. The time period is therefore equal to 6 x 2.5ms = 15ms. Since we can calculate that the wave has a frequency of

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