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Definitions of quantities, explanations of equations, and worked out example problems.
Waves 1: Transverse Waves
Step-by-step illustration, description, and explanation of how a transverse wave is made in an elastic medium.
Waves 2: Longitudinal Waves
Step-by-step illustration, description, and explanation of how a longitudinal wave is made in an elastic medium.
Waves 3: Sound Waves
Step-by-step illustration, description, and explanation of how a sound wave is made in an elastic medium.
Actually, the speed of waves in general. Shows how the speed of a wave depends only on the medium.
Waves 4: Combination Waves
Step-by-step illustration, description, and explanation of how a combination transverse and longitudinal wave is made in an elastic medium. Combination waves include water waves and Rayleigh waves.
|7||Anatomy of a
Description of the source, medium, and observer of a wave and which parameters (frequency, wavelength, etc.) are associated/controlled by each.
to Waves Springboard - Answers
A classroom discussion for introducing waves: what they do and how they do it.
Blue November - Answers
Exercise in applying the equations of uniform motion to waves. How SONAR works.
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Distinguish effect of transverse wave from longitudinal wave; distinguish amplitude from wavelength.
Wave Equation Springboard - Answers
Classroom discussion to develop the relationship between wavelength, frequency, and wave speed.
Springboard - (No
Classroom discussion on the nature of the Doppler effect.
A car goes by, blowing its horn. What would the sound look like on an oscilloscope?
|LAB SPRINGBOARDS - The unlinked titles below are available in the Conceptual Physics lab manual from Pearson Education - Amazon link|
and Swings Lab Springboard - Answers
A brief treatment of simple harmonic motion to precede instruction on waves.
Uses Pasco's DataStudio and Waveport; allows students to explore the effects of changing the amplitude and wavelength of a sound wave.
in an Electric Sink
Uses the PhET Wave Interference Simulator. Allows students to observe the effects of changing the source frequency and amplitude. Do not add water!
Uses Pasco's DataStudio and Waveport to investigate sound wave interference and the formation of beats. Includes an investigation of Touch-Tone tones.
|5||See Sounds - Answers -
Uses Pasco's DataStudio and Waveport (and a microphone) to observe sounds that students make.
||Sound Chaser - Answers -
Uses Pasco's DataStudio and Waveport (and a microphone) in an attempt to create tones that match a given tone. More fun than it sounds like.
||The Bell Jar
A ringing bell and a microphone are placed inside a bell jar. Then the air is removed. What happens to the sound of the bell?
||Science is Fun!
Connecting vibrations to sound waves. Includes backmasking, Talkie Tapes, disembodied music box mechanism, and the Honda Musical Road commercial.
Machine, Part I
Various demonstrations using the Bell Labs wave machine. Students (and teachers) love that thing.
Questions to accopany the Physics: Cinema Classics segments on moving wave sources.
Begins With an M - Presentation
Part of the "Physics Begins with an M" series. Make a transperency and put it on the overhead on the first day of the unit to enhance curiousity in the material of the unit.
Waves Begins With an M Keynote
A nifty Keynote presentation of the M's. (Keynote is Apple's presentation software; PowerPoint is Microsoft's presentation software.) Trust me, neither Keynote nor PowerPoint are The Great Saviors of education. I recommend using them sparingly if at all. Better to teach!
This episode covers the nature and characteristics of mechanical waves. Alternate forms accommodate students seated side-by-side.
|4||Waves Crossword Puzzle Grid - Clues
Crossword puzzles are highly personalized and may not always translate well from my classroom to yours.
||SUPERSONIC JET MOVIE
QuickTime clip of a fighter jet traveling at a speed just above Mach 1.
Questions and Answers
Sample test questions covering magnetism and induction.
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