Light and Waves

This webpage for the new Area of Study is a compilation of relevant resources from the former Units 3 & 4 Detailed Study: Sound and from the former Unit 2 Area of Study: Wave-like Properties of Light plus extra resources on new content areas. Some of the documents prepared for the previous course may have sections on content that is no longer covered.

The resources have been grouped by topic and type in the table below. If a cell in the table has the word 'Yes', there are resources on the topic for that row and of the type for that column. Click on 'Yes' to go to these resources. Click on 'return to top' to come back to the top of this page.

Topic Texts Activities Assessment Useful weblinks
Types of Waves Yes Yes Aspects of Sound Yes
Doppler effect None Yes None Yes
Refraction and Dispersion Yes Yes None Yes
Resonance None Yes None Yes
Diffraction and Interference None Yes None Yes
Light as a Wave None None Aspects of Light Yes
Polarisation None None None Yes

Types of Waves: Texts and AV Resources

Text Resources

  • Rossing, TD, 2002, The Science of Sound, 3rd edn, Addison Wesley Longman, Massachusetts.

Types of Waves: Activities

Note: Some of the documents below were written for the previous course, but they may contain still relevant material.

The Victorian Arts Centre used to offer an excursion on Sound. However they decided to cancel the program.

The original presenter of the VCE program, Adrian Alexander, is now offering his program at other venues. The cost of the excursion is $22 + GST per student. Check Adrian's website below for more details.

Resources from Physics Teachers' Conferences

Files by Louise Mason from St Leonard's College in 2012 on the kinaesthetic approach to waves and optics.

Files from a presentation by Kelvin Barraclough, Gisborne Secondary College in 2011 of some audio freeware such as osc251 and sweepgen. Another useful piece of freeware is 'Audacity' which is a powerful audio editor and recorder, which can be easily downloaded from the 'audacity' website.

Types of Waves (Sound): Assessment

Note: Some of the documents below were written for the previous course, but they may contain still relevant material.

Types of Waves: Useful Weblinks and Applets

Refraction and Dispersion: Texts and AV Resources

Text Resources

  • Greenler, R 1990, Rainbow, Haloes and Glories, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
  • Minnaert, M 1993, Light and Color in Outdoors, Springer Verlag, New York.

Videos and Powerpoints

Doppler Effect: Activities

Resources from the Physics Teachers' Conferences

Files from a presentation by Simon Dick, Padua College in 2007.

Resonance: Activities

Resources from the Physics Teachers' Conferences

Files from a presentation by Simon Dick, Padua College in 2007.

Refraction and Dispersion: Activities

Resources from the Physics Teachers' Conferences

Easy and Engaging Light Pracs by Spiros Liacos at 2014 Conference. These and others are also available at Liacos Educational Media.

Note: Some of the documents below were written for the previous course, but they may contain still relevant material.

Diffraction and Interference: Activities

Note: Some of the documents below were written for the previous course, but they may contain still relevant material.

Light as a Wave: Assessment

Note: Some of the documents below were written for the previous course, but they may contain still relevant material.

Refraction and Dispersion: Useful Weblinks

Doppler Effect: Useful Weblinks

Resonance: Useful Weblinks

Diffraction and Interference: Useful Weblinks

Light as a Wave: Useful Weblinks

Polarisation: Useful Weblinks

Youtube video on polarisation at A level (5 min), Polarisation video by Sixty Symbols (8 min).