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Transverse Wave Teacher Resources
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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.
Physics surveyors use a Slinky® spring toy to explore various properties of waves. They work with a partner to create transverse and longitudinal waves, identify wavelength and frequency, practice interference and transferal through different media. The lab activity is engaging and the worksheet provides diagrams and analysis questions.
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 isn't really a lab, but a practice calculating characteristics of waves. Physics pros fill in a chart by determining the amplitude, number of cycles, wavelength, time, period, frequency, and calculated speed for four different waves. You will need to provide the waves for them to take measurements on, however. This is a great homework assignment.
Students distinguish waves from matter, differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves, use sine curves as representations of transverse waves, label characteristic properties of waves, diagram transverse waves having specific properties, and explain relationships among various wave properties. Students then solve problems involving measurable properties of waves, and gather, evaluate and interpret lab data related to wave properties.
In this waves worksheet, students 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.