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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.
Students explore the concept of sound waves. For this sound waves lesson, students identify characteristics of sound waves such as wavelength, frequency, etc. Students represent doppler effect, reflection, interference, etc. graphically. Students use the velocity formula to find the velocity, wavelength, or frequency of a sound wave.
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.
For this harmonic motion and light worksheet, 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.
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.
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.
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.