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Domain 8 - Waves

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Candidates demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of waves as contained in the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools (1998) and outlined in the Science Framework for California Public Schools (2002) from an advanced standpoint.To ensure a rigorous view of waves and their underlying structures, candidates have a deep conceptual knowledge of the subject matter. Candidates understand that all waves have a common set of characteristic properties. They apply their knowledge of these properties to describe and predict the behavior of waves, including light waves, sound waves, and seismic waves. Candidates apply the simple principles of optics to explain how various lenses work.

a. Compare the characteristics of sound, light, and seismic waves (e.g.,transverse/longitudinal, travel through various media, relative speed)
b. Explain that energy is transferred by waves without mass transfer and provide examples
c. Explain how lenses are used in simple optical systems, including the camera, telescope, microscope, and the eye
d. Explain and apply the laws of reflection and refraction
e. Compare transmission, reflection, and absorption of light in matter
(Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, Grade 3: 1d, 2a-d, 4c; Grade 6: 3a; Grade 7: 6a, 6c-g; Grades 9-12, Physics: 4a-b, 4d, 4f)