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 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 scholars determine that waves carry energy and information from one place to another. They determine that wavelength, frequency and wave speed are related and describe that sound is a longitudinal wave whose speed depends on the properties of the medium in which it propagates.
This is not revolutionary, but it is informative. Earth science viewers in grades 7-12 get carried away with wave and wind erosion. They view diagrams of how waves impact ocean shorelines. They see examples of the different types of sand dunes and how they are formed. This is a terrific addition to your lesson on weathering and erosion.
Students participate in a demonstration in which they, themselves, represent seismic P-waves and S-waves.
Students examine plate tectonics and the causative effect of earthquakes. In this tectonics lesson students differentiate between the types of energy waves that cause earthquakes and tsunamis and how waves travel at different speeds.
In this frequency worksheet, middle schoolers answer 10 questions about frequency and waves. The name of a teach appears at the top of this page.
In this sound learning exercise, students answer 17 questions about sound, the wavelength of sounds, the frequency of sounds, the speed of sound, the types of sound waves and the effects of the medium sound travels through on its speed.
Students learn about longitudinal and transverse waves. In this waves lesson plan, students learn the characteristics of longitudinal and transverse waves by observing demonstrations. They then categories each wave as longitudinal or transverse by observing each wave's behavior.
Students identify how waves transfer energy without transferring matter. They contrast transverse and compressional waves and relate wave speed, wavelength, amplitude and frequency. Lesson includes PowerPoint presentation.
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.
In this harmonic motion learning exercise, 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.
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.
Each of the slides has some information or a few definitions about the travel of energy through different media. There are references given to obtain further information, which makes this slideshow a great tool for introduction or as a research aid for a project.
Students read first hand accounts of earthquake survivors in order to begin the describe the different types of earthquake waves and the order in which they arrive. They engage in using earthquake waves as a means to indirectly study the Earth's interior.
In this first of two parts, Mr. Noon walks around his physics class demonstrating how sound waves move. Ironically, the sound is off from the visual in this video! Use this illustrative video to learn about different demonstrations you can do to teach your physics stars. If you do not have access to the same equipment, this video is also worthy of showing in the classroom.
Fifth graders sit in their seats with the lights on and then the teacher turns off the lights. After their eyes have adjusted, they vote on what colors of construction paper are being held up. The lights are then turned back on and students discuss what their eyes perceived.
In this seismic waves learning exercise, student will read information about the different types of waves that occur during an earthquake: P (Primary) waves, S (Secondary) waves, and shear waves. Then students will complete 2 short answer questions.