Standing Wave Teacher Resources
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In this waves activity, students learn about standing waves and harmonics. Then students complete 11 matching, 15 fill in the blank, and 7 short answer questions.
For this standing waves worksheet, students read about standing waves, their nodes, their anti-nodes and their wavelengths. They are given diagrams of harmonics and the equation to find the frequency of harmonics. Students match terms related to standing waves to their definitions, they label a diagram of a standing wave, they calculate frequency and periods of waves and they analyze a graph of a standing wave.
Standing Waves and Music: Suggested Demonstrations
Students study standing waves for string and wind instruments. In this standing waves lesson, students study a diagram for the vibrations in strings and wind instruments as well as answer discussion questions for the activity.
Slinky Movement Lab
In this wave worksheet, students use Slinky's to observe the properties of waves. They observe longitudinal waves, transverse waves, traveling waves and standing waves and record their observations. They calculate the frequency and velocity of the waves and answer 3 questions about their data.
Typical Conceptual Questions for Physics I - Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism
This wave and electromagnetism assignment is so thorough, it could be used as a unit exam. The first section of it covers wave concepts. The next section addresses static electricity. There is a section that deals with electric circuits. Finally, the worksheet finishes off with magnetism, specifically electromagnetic induction. Though many of the questions require problem solving and computation, the answers are presented as multiple choice. Neat diagrams are included in many of the questions.
Typical Numeric Questions for Physics I - Waves
Physics masters figure out the wavelength of different waves. Looking at a wave graph, they identify different characteristics. Many more problems get them working with both electromagnetic and sound waves. There are a total of 17 multiple choice questions on the topic of waves.
Standing Waves and Music: Suggested Demonstrations
There are four embedded links in this brief resource that take you to handouts or worksheets that assist young musicians in understanding standing sound waves. They'll play their instruments to show and then discuss different sound waves.
STEMbite: Standing Waves
The casual voice of the filmmaker explains standing waves using a linked chain bordering a neighborhood parking lot, a bucket of blue-colored water, and a rope tied to a fan blade. He uses the appropriate vocabulary (frequency, wavelength, antinode, and resonance), but fails to explain all of the terms. This could be useful for simply demonstrating standing wave motion, but ideally you would have your physical scientists create them in the lab rather than just watching them online. Also, be aware that the shaky video quality and the muffled sound of wind blowing are a bit distracting.
Physics 240: Sound Waves
In this sound waves worksheet, students review pressure and molecular motion. Students compare gauge pressure and absolute pressure. Students complete 5 problems based on this information.
Wave Superposition: Interactive On-line Mac and PC
Students study definitions of wavelength, wave speed, wave amplitude, and wave period using an interactive JAVA environment. Distance and time are given so speed=wavelength/period can be verified or deduced by students. Waves reflection and standing waves can also be explored.
Wow Waves (Waves on the Fly)
Students formulate hypotheses on wave behavior and test them. In this physics lesson, students compare and contrast transverse and compression waves. They determine the wavelength of transverse waves.
HW Unit 10:6-Standing Waves
In this standing waves learning exercise, high schoolers answer 9 questions about graphs of various waves. They identify standing waves and their nodes, anti-nodes, wavelengths, amplitude, frequency and number of cycles.
An incredibly colorful PowerPoint presents all the facts and definitions about waves that you could need for beginning physical scientists. There are several useful links to online animations of wave action. This may have been produced by a student, but it is still a nice piece that states the important information clearly and will definitely keep the attention of your class. You may want to prepare a question sheet with a sequence related directly to this slide show.
Students differentiate the properties of longitudinal and transverse waves. In 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.
Students analyze wave patterns for guitar notes, chords and groups. In this sound wave lesson, students measure and compare ratios of string length to the harmony of the note sounded. Students listen to a song and watch an oscilloscope to chart the relationship between sound and wave length generated.
Your class will generate their own data relating the number of people to the time it takes to do a human wave. Once data is collected, a line of best fit is found and used to estimate how long it would take for the entire student body to produce one cycle of the wave in the school gym. How fun would it be to actually have your school do the wave and compare the actual time to the calculated estimate!
WAVES AND PHOTONS
Students examine the many types of electromagnetic waves, the concept of an EM wave, how James Clerk Maxwell proposed a slight modification of the equations of electricity, Heinrich Hertz and his radio-frequency, wavelengths, and light emission.
Waves: Carriers of Energy
Students investigate the different properties of waves. In this physics lesson, students identify the nature of waves, the types and characteristics of waves. They identify the different properties of waves.
Making Waves: A Study of Earthquakes and Tsunami
Students examine plate tectonics and the causative effect of earthquakes. In this tectonics instructional activity students differentiate between the types of energy waves that cause earthquakes and tsunamis and how waves travel at different speeds.
The Wonderful World of Waves (Wave Basics)
Students define amplitude, wavelength, frequency, and period, calculate period given frequency, and calculate frequency given period, define crest and trough and locate both on diagram of wave, differentiate between latitudinal and longitudinal waves, and design experiment on waves and wave motion.