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Learners formulate hypotheses on wave behavior and test them. In this physics instructional activity, students compare and contrast transverse and compression waves. They determine the wavelength of transverse waves.
Use a video on seismic waves to explain the differences between s and p waves, as well as the details that they provide about the composition of the rock.
Starting with a very clear diagram to demonstrate how a wave actually forms, an informative video will be a great summary about s wave travel. It explains the difference between polar bonds in liquids versus the stronger ionic and covalent waves.
Students differentiate the properties of longitudinal and transverse waves. For this physics lesson, students calculate CEENBoT's rate of propagation by measuring its frequency and distance per cycle. They use a mathematical formula to calculate speed, frequency and wavelength.
Mr. Khan uses a metaphor of a car to help explain the change in direction of waves as they hit a boundary between two mediums. He then goes on to explain the relationship between the structure and density of the earth and the behavior of waves after an earthquake.
Sixth graders simulate primary and secondary waves. For this earthquakes waves lesson, 6th graders experiment using a slinky to gain understanding of how waves are created during an earthquake. Students record observations in drawings. students research the epicenter of an earthquake. Students write reflections.
For this waves worksheet, students read about the different types of waves and how the speed of waves is calculated. Then students complete 5 matching, 8 fill in the blank, and 9 short answer questions.
In this waves worksheet, high schoolers read about harmonic and linear motion in waves as well as the two types of waves. They match 5 terms to their definitions about the structure of waves, they solve for the wavelength, frequency and periods of waves and they analyze 3 graphs of waves.
Students identify different wave types and their characteristics.  In this wave lesson students complete activities by activating tuning forks and interpreting data. 
Eighth graders plan and conduct experiments of wave relationships. In this wave characteristics lesson, 8th graders conduct controlled investigations to drop objects into water and generate waves. They make measurements and relate the amount of wave energy transfer to wave height and object size.
Learners study the energy created by waves. In this water energy lesson, students complete an experiment to learn about water energy. Learners watch a video about waves and write down vocabulary from the video. Students take a quiz for the video and complete a wave creation activity using twine.
Students construct bridge and roof models to illustrate tension and compression. In this engineering and forces instructional activity, students watch videos and view diagrams of engineered structures. They apply their understanding of tension and compression in creating a beam bridge and an inverted triangle.
Wave goodbye to the same old demonstrations for alternative energy sources, and wave hello to this one investigating ocean waves! Using a water bottle to create an oscillating water column, learners see and possibly hear how the mechanical energy can be used to do work. This would be a fun and pertinent addition to your alternative energy unit.
Young scholars identify the differences between the forces of tension and compression, and which members in a structure are in tension and which are in compression. They create structurally sound models.
Fifth graders investigate how sound and light travel as waves and identify the basic properties of waves by analyzing data tables and graphs. They observe a transverse wave using a slinky, and analyze a sine wave. They define key vocabulary terms and draw the wave picture and label the parts, including the definitions.
Students explore sound waves. In this sound waves lesson, students brainstorm different sounds and how sounds move or travel. Students then create a KWL chart and work through six different lab activities to examine how sound waves travel through different objects.
Light waves and sound waves are the focus of this science activity designed for 5th graders. Besides discovering how these waves travel, learners also discover the basic properties of waves, and analyze data tables and graphs. The demonstrations described in the activity are particularly rich, and should lead to lots of scientific discussion. Longitudinal and transverse waves are both demonstrated for pupils.
Plumb the depths of the Submarine Ring of Fire and explore seismic waves with this instructional activity. Junior geologists simulate s-waves and p-waves, calculate their speeds, and then apply the data to discover the material that makes up inner Earth. Detailed directions, student handouts, and internet resources provide everything you need to present a memorable instructional activity on seismology.
Students study waves and their characteristics.  In this wave lesson students calculate the speed of waves, wavelength and the period. 
In this sound worksheet, students read about sound waves, how they are graphed, what frequency is and how it's related to pitch and the speed of sound. Students solve 8 sections of problems including matching terms related to sound to their definitions, analyzing a sound graph, finding frequency, periods and wavelength of sound waves and identifying harmonics and their frequencies.

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