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Learners participate in four classroom experiments demonstrating the properties of transverse waves.
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.
Light waves and sound waves are the focus of this science lesson 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 lesson are particularly rich, and should lead to lots of scientific discussion. Longitudinal and transverse waves are both demonstrated for pupils.
Pair physical science learners up, and have one describe a transverse wave while the other blindly attempts to draw it. Then reveal an actual diagram and explain the different parts of the wave: crest, trough, wavelength. Though most of the links in the resource lead to nowhere, there is one that displays an adjustable wave simulation for learners to experiment with. This unique activity can serve as the anticipatory activity to your unit on wave motioin.
In this waves learning exercise, students review the two types of waves and the characteristics of transverse waves. Students use this information to solve 4 problems.
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.
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.
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 activity 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.
It is not a unique or exciting lesson, but rather the typical demonstrations of transverse and longitudinal waves. Use a rope for modeling transverse waves, and a plastic coil or spring toy for longitudinal waves. Where this resource may most come in handy, is if you are teaching waves for the first time or need a refresher. The background information and lesson procedure are explained quite well.
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.
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.
In this physics 240 worksheet, students apply concepts of wave speed of a transverse wave to correctly answer the word problems. Students calculate the speed of a transverse wave.
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.
In this waves worksheet, students compare the characteristics of transverse and longitudinal waves and then solve 5 problems.
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 learning exercise, 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.
Learners investigate primary and secondary waves and how to measure the magnitude of waves. They discover how to find the epicenter of earthquakes. They examine why waves are more destructive in some areas than others through these activities.
Learners observe and identify various waves. In this wave motion lesson, student use a Slinky, noise, people, and musical instruments to create waves and observe how each type of wave moves.
During a lesson on wave motion, physical science participants basically act out the waves as a group. Through their movements, the amplitude, speed, frequency, and wavelength are all identified. Ideas for modeling the reflection and seismic waves are also suggested. What a splendid method of getting middle schoolers involved in the lesson!
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.

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