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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2014, High School Intro Physics

  Question 23: Open-Response  
Waves can be classified as either electromagnetic or mechanical.
  1. Describe two differences between electromagnetic and mechanical waves.
  2. Give two examples of electromagnetic waves.
  3. Give two examples of mechanical waves.

Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4 The response demonstrates a thorough understanding of the differences between electromagnetic and mechanical waves. The response clearly describes two differences between electromagnetic waves and mechanical waves. The response correctly gives two examples of electromagnetic waves and two examples of mechanical waves.
4
3 The response demonstrates a general understanding of the differences between electromagnetic and mechanical waves.
2 The response demonstrates a limited understanding of the differences between electromagnetic and mechanical waves.
1 The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the differences between electromagnetic and mechanical waves.
0 The response is incorrect or contains some correct work that is irrelevant to the skill or concept being measured.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

High School Intro Physics

Question 12: Electromagnetism
Question 23: Waves and Radiation
Question 32: Motion and Forces
Question 44: Heat and Heat Transfer
Question 45: Motion and Forces

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Last Updated: October 26, 2015
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