Physics Unit 13 - Waves and Sound

Wave characteristics, phase, interference, sound, and resonance

This is another really awesome and fun unit! The physics of mechanical waves and subsequently sound is super fun and can be very enthralling. In this course we will cover some really interesting concepts. Another great thing about this unit is that it is more conceptual than many of the other units.

First up is waves - I go through all of the wave characteristics and connections to prior content such as energy and motion. We look at how waves get created and how their characteristics may change. We then look at what happens when waves collide and combine, and this is where a lot of the fun begins!

We then shift over to a more specific sub-topic of mechanical waves - sound. So much cool stuff goes on with sound and waves! We get in to what sound even is, how it is affected and manioulatied. We finish up the course with a bunch of great content covering musical instruments, specifically strings and air columns.


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Corey Mousseau
Corey Mousseau

Corey Mousseau is a highly qualified classroom science teacher in New York State. He has been teaching physics and related courses in NY State for over 15 years.

Physics is often overwhelming for many students. Over the years Corey has mastered the art of exciting students into falling in love with this wonderful field of science. Through a blend of conceptual understanding, demonstrations, and quantitative analysis Corey has found the correct formula for engaging individuals into highly successful physics students.

Corey holds a degree in secondary education in physics as well as a master's degree in integrating technology in the classroom. He a high school Cross Country Coach, a Science Olympiad Coach, and a New York State Master Teacher. Corey has a lovely wife, two young boys, and teachers at Plattsburgh High School in upstate NY.

While at Plattsburgh High School (PHS) Corey has had the opportunity to teach many different courses which have all had a focus on excellence, rigor, and mastery.

Courses Corey currently teaches during the traditional school day:

  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • NY State Regents Physics
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • Robotics 1
  • Robotics 2
  • Science Olympiad

Corey has been a dedicated science teacher since he was 22 years old and has influenced countless students along the way. His students show him respect, admiration, and commitment and he provides them with the same. Ask any student at PHS - Mr. Mousseau cares and is more than willing to help you become the strongest physics student you can.


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