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Skills available for New Mexico eighth-grade science standards

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MS-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions

MS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

MS-PS3 Energy

MS-PS4 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

  • MS-PS4-1 Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

  • MS-PS4-2 Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

    • 2 Developing and Using Models

      • 2.d Develop and use a model to describe phenomena.

    • PS4.A Wave Properties

      • PS4.A.2 A sound wave needs a medium through which it is transmitted.

    • PS4.B Electromagnetic Radiation

      • PS4.B.1 When light shines on an object, it is reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through the object, depending on the object's material and the frequency (color) of the light.

      • PS4.B.2 The path that light travels can be traced as straight lines, except at surfaces between different transparent materials (e.g., air and water, air and glass) where the light path bends.

      • PS4.B.4 A wave model of light is useful for explaining brightness, color, and the frequency-dependent bending of light at a surface between media.

      • PS4.B.5 However, because light can travel through space, it cannot be a matter wave, like sound or water waves.

    • 6 Structure and Function

      • 6.2 Structures can be designed to serve particular functions by taking into account properties of different materials, and how materials can be shaped and used.

  • MS-PS4-3 Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals.

    • 8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

      • 8.b Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information in written text with that contained in media and visual displays to clarify claims and findings.

    • PS4.C Information Technologies and Instrumentation

      • PS4.C.3 Digitized signals (sent as wave pulses) are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information.

    • 6 Structure and Function

      • 6.2 Structures can be designed to serve particular functions.