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In this standing waves learning exercise, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Learners 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.
Young scientists investigate the scientific concepts and principles that help make common toys such as hula hoops, yo-yos, slinkies, and silly putty work. As a class, they read "Backyard Rocket Science, Served Wet" to get a look behind the scenes of inventions. They then develop exhibits to display in a "Science of Toys" museum.
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.