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What is a physicist's favorite part of sports? Doing the wave. The presentation covers longitudinal, transverse, surface, and standing waves. It includes in-depth information on frequency, wavelength, period, amplitude, reflection, refraction, superposition, interference, diffraction, and resonance as well. Presentation is the 10th in a 17-part series.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use Slinkies, ropes, and other objects to let students explore waves hands-on
  • Find videos and animations to support the presentation with more than just words
Classroom Considerations

  • Recommend prior knowledge of work requiring movement

  • Comprehensive presentation does not require an outside text
  • Highlights vocabulary throughout

  • Some of the animation links no longer work