Waves, Part 2

Waves, Part 2

This is the second webinar of our two-part series on waves and will cover light. Light is an E/M and a transverse wave. Compared to sound, light is more content-rich and has already appeared in chemistry topics like Planck’s equation and UV-vis spectrometry.  In this webinar, we will review the five properties of light, the polarization of light, the Doppler effect as applied to light, and the ever-confusing topic of optics in mirrors, lens and compound lens instruments like the microscope.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Math skills for frequency, energy, angle and optics-related calculations

  • Determining real or virtual images for basic lenses and mirrors


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • E/M spectrum

  • Duality of light

  • Properties of light

  • The Doppler effect as applied to light

  • Light polarization v

  • Optics


On the MCAT

  • Light is a broad topic that involves physics, biology, and chemistry. Many instruments and experiments use light. Think lasers, optical devices, imaging techniques and spectroscopy. Again, don’t confuse light and sound! These are separate waves that are easy to mix up.


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