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This interactive tutorial describes the nature of sound as a mechanical wave -- a wave that requires a medium to transport energy from one location to another. It is the first of three related tutorials for introductory physics designed to promote understanding of the characteristics and nature of sound waves. It includes an animation of longitudinal wave motion and discussion of the difference between mechanical and electromagnetic waves.

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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
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- Lower Undergraduate
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Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Wave Properties (PS4.A)
  • A sound wave needs a medium through which it is transmitted. (6-8)

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (K-12)

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information (K-12)
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information in 9–12 builds on K–8 and progresses to evaluating the validity and reliability of the claims, methods, and designs. (9-12)
    • Communicate scientific information (e.g., about phenomena and/or the process of development and the design and performance of a proposed process or system) in multiple formats (including orally, graphically, textually, and mathematically). (9-12)
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T. Henderson, (2001), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-is-a-Mechanical-Wave).
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T. Henderson, Physics Classroom: Sound is a Mechanical Wave, (2001), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-is-a-Mechanical-Wave>.
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Henderson, T. (2018, January 15). Physics Classroom: Sound is a Mechanical Wave. Retrieved June 19, 2018, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-is-a-Mechanical-Wave
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Henderson, Tom. Physics Classroom: Sound is a Mechanical Wave. January 15, 2018. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-is-a-Mechanical-Wave (accessed 19 June 2018).
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Henderson, Tom. Physics Classroom: Sound is a Mechanical Wave. 2001. 15 Jan. 2018. 19 June 2018 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-is-a-Mechanical-Wave>.
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