Transverse Wave Teacher Resources
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Students identify the different factors affecting the size and shape of ocean waves. In this math lesson, students calculate wave speed and wavelength given a mathematical formula.
Students identify different wave types and their characteristics. For this wave lesson students complete activities by activating tuning forks and interpreting data.
Students take a close examine the nature of tsunamis. They discover more about how waves behave, in general, depending upon their type and circumstances. They see that transfer of energy can happen through the movement of waves through different mediums.
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.
Characteristics of Waves
In this characteristics of waves worksheet, students answer 9 questions about the structure of waves, the types of waves and the components of waves. They describe the frequency of a wave and calculate the velocity and frequency of waves.
In this wave energy worksheet, students read about the energy created by water movement and how it is utilized to create electrical energy through two ocean wave energy converters. They answer three critical thinking questions about the reading.
From Vibration to Sound
Students observe a series of demonstrations to illustrate wave movement. In this sound wave activity, students witness how objects create waves when dropped in a dish of water, use a rope and slinky to produce transverse and longitudinal waves, then diagram a wave.
Mathematical Models with Applications: The Sounds of Music
Students use an electronic data-collection device to model the sound produced by a guitar string. They identify the graph of a periodic situation and use the graph to determine the period and frequency of sound waves.
Being P-Waves and S-Waves
Students participate in a demonstration in which they, themselves, represent seismic P-waves and S-waves.
In this wave properties learning exercise, students will explore amplitude of waves, calculate wavelengths and frequency of waves in 11 fill in the blank and labeling questions.
In this frequency activity, students answer 10 questions about frequency and waves. The name of a teach appears at the top of this page.
The Space Cadet's Laboratory: Using Electromagnetic Energy to Study Astronomy
Students build their own spectrophotometer to study light. In this physics lesson, students explain the dual nature of light. They calculate the angle of incidence and refraction using Snell's law equation.
Does that Sound Right to You?
Ninth graders are introduced to the components of compressional and transverse. They practice answering speed problems involving different mediums that waves travel trhough and then review the wave PowerPoint. They then visit physics webpage and read and take the online quiz.
Sound: It's Origin and Properties
Students investigate the effect of sound through liquid and solid. In this physics lesson, students compare the transmission of sound through air, solids, liquids and a vacuum.
Earthquake Proof Structures
Eighth graders build a structure that is able to withstand a simulated earthquake. They research earthquakes, earthquake measurement, and society's preparation for and reaction to them. Pupils build models and present them to the class, along with their research.
Fifth graders explore and examine the basic properties of sound. In pairs, they speak through a balloon and listen to the sound vibrations, and listen to a ticking clock or watch through a variety of materials and identify the differences in volume. They also participate in a string and hanger demonstration, and observe a tuning fork in water.
Harmonic Motion and Light Review
In this harmonic motion and light instructional activity, students review concepts such as identifying motion as harmonic, linear or wave motion, analyzing graphs of position vs. time and pendulum movement, answering questions about light and the electromagnetic spectrum and answering questions about lenses.
HW Unit 10:2-Harmonic Motion
In this harmonic motion worksheet, students answer 9 questions about pendulums, a slinky and characteristics of harmonic motion. They identify the changes in waves as the amplitude gets bigger and interpret a graph of position vs. time.
Physics Midterm Exam #3 - Electromagnetic Radiation
True-false and multiple-choice questions are posed in Part A of this exam, covering the topic of electromagnetic radiation. In Part B, problems relating to refraction must be solved. This is a well-rounded exam that will help you evaluate your young physicists' handle on electromagnetic radiation.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections of Light
Why can we see our reflection in a window but not a brick wall? Young physicists learn the Law of Reflection and various light properties that help them answer this and other questions about reflection. Use the PowerPoint to introduce these concepts, but be sure to go more in-depth if this is your only explanation. Kids draw ray diagrams demonstrating the difference between light hitting smooth and rough surfaces, and view an online simulation that allows you to adjust the angle of incidence and wave length. Finally, follow the link to find an engaging reflection lab that scholars complete with partners.