Wave Machine

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Three main factors determine the wave height experienced in the ocean. Scholars use a virtual simulator to alter wind speed, fetch, and duration. Each combination creates a unique wave measured in significant height.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, visit a museum, college science lab, or another location with a full-scale wave machine
  • Come up with a series of challenges (i.e. What combination of the three variables would create a significant height of 4.6 feet?) for pupils to work through
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of waves, ocean water, and wind speed

  • Intuitive controls allow for less instruction and more hands-on time
  • Highlights definitions using a tool on the simulator

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