Wave on a String

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The sound waves of thunder are made when lightning very quickly heats the air surrounding it, expanding faster than the speed of sound. Learners explore waves through their own movement of string or set waves to constantly oscillate. Measurements of amplitude, wavelength, and frequency and adjustments to tension and damping are possible. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Great for teaching waves in general (sound waves, ocean waves, earthquake waves, etc.) and how they travel, their speed, power, etc.
Classroom Considerations

  • Teachers register for a free account and gain access to teacher tips and numerous other related activities and lessons
  • Assumes scholars understand amplitude, frequency, wavelength, and other characteristics of waves
Pros

  • Simple, easy-to-use simulation on waves for all learners
  • You can view this in a number of different languages
  • Uses high-quality graphics
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS