Slinkies and Waves

Slinkies® are a great tool for visualizing waves. Pupils work in groups to create both transverse and longitudinal waves before using a polarizer to analyze the ways they are able to travel. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a digital camera to capture waves and slow them down for analysis
Classroom Considerations

  • Large Slinkies® are easier to use than the smaller sizes
  • You may need to rearrange the classroom in order to have room for each group to work with their Slinky®
  • The third lesson in a series of nine
Pros

  • Highlights vocabulary throughout to allow for easier understanding
  • Includes homework questions
  • Provides many great ideas for extending the lesson
Cons

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