Questions about Waves

Waves and optics: longitudinal and transverse waves; amplitude, frequency, period, wavelength and speed, and the relationships between them. Basic properties of the electromagnetic spectrum. Reflection at plane mirrors. Refraction and elementary properties of prisms and optical fibres including total internal reflection. Elementary understanding of interference and diffraction.

These topics should all be familiar from GCSE and AS level.

Answers to questions about waves and optics

2010, question 17

2010, question 21

2012, question 19

2013, question 19

2014, question 11

2014, question 18

2015, question 14

2015, question 17


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