Unit D Test

The Unit D Test is Period 1 – Wednesday 2/28  or periods 3-6 Thursday 3/1. It is closed-portfolio and consists of three parts (multiple choice, short answer, long answer).

On Monday 2/27, students will receive a study guide to review the major concepts. Otherwise, here is what the assessment measures:

  1. Waves and Wave Behavior
    1. Vocabulary and Properties: amplitude, frequency, wavelength, crest, trough
    2. Types of waves (mechanical vs electromagnetic, transverse v longitudinal)
  2. Sound Waves and their behavior through mediums
    1. Explaining sound phenomenon (glass bottles, sound stations)
  3. Light Waves and their behavior through mediums
    1. Vocabulary and properties: transmission, reflection, refraction, absorption
    2. Explaining light phenomenon (water optical illusions, light stations
    3. Electromagnetic Spectrum
      1. How is it organized?
      2. Visible Light & Color
        1. Rainbows – how do they form?
        2. Prisms
        3. Explaining color phenomenon (apples, gummy bears)
        4. Primary colors of Light
    4. Mirrors and Lenses
  4. Vision
    1. Basic eye anatomy
    2. How do we see color?

Topics NOT on the assessment: hearing, Analog v Digital, Earthquake Rescue Plan, or the Cow Eye.

Moon Observation Log


  1. Observe the moon every day for one month
  2. Shade in your observations
  3. Neatly record the following:
    • observation date and time (military)
    • approximate angle of elevation in the sky (0-90 degrees)
    • approximate direction in the sky
  4. If you are not able to observe the moon due to clouds or personal reasons, go online to find what you missed. In that case, record the date only.

Download: Moon Observation Log