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This learning cycle features nine videotaped experiments, organized sequentially for introducing fundamentals of harmonic motion and waves. Each video includes learning goal, prior knowledge required, and post-activity questions. Topics include period and amplitude, transverse and longitudinal wave motion, and motion of a pendulum. The instructional method is based on cognitive apprenticeship, in which students focus scientific process by observing, finding patterns, modeling, predicting, testing, and revising. The materials were designed to mirror the activities of scientists when they construct and apply knowledge.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Foundations
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Learning Theory
= Cognitive Apprenticeship
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Pendula
= Simple Harmonic Motion
= Springs and Oscillators
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Unit of Instruction
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Laboratory
- New teachers
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ISLE, Investigative Science Learning Environment, SHM, Slinky, Slinky pulses, amplitude, compression waves, frequency, mechanical waves, pendulum, physics videos, video clips
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September 19, 2008

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 6-8: 4F/M4. Vibrations in materials set up wavelike disturbances that spread away from the source. Sound and earthquake waves are examples. These and other waves move at different speeds in different materials.
  • 6-8: 4F/M7. Wave behavior can be described in terms of how fast the disturbance spreads, and in terms of the distance between successive peaks of the disturbance (the wavelength).

12. Habits of Mind

12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 6-8: 12C/M3. Make accurate measurements of length, volume, weight, elapsed time, rates, and temperature by using appropriate devices.
12D. Communication Skills
  • 6-8: 12D/M6. Present a brief scientific explanation orally or in writing that includes a claim and the evidence and reasoning that supports the claim.
  • 6-8: 12D/M8. Explain a scientific idea to someone else, checking understanding and responding to questions.
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Etkina, E. (2008, September 19). Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Harmonic Motion and Waves. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3/cycleindex.php?topicid=6
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Etkina, Eugenia. Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Harmonic Motion and Waves. September 19, 2008. http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3/cycleindex.php?topicid=6 (accessed 24 November 2014).
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Etkina, Eugenia. Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Harmonic Motion and Waves. 2004. 19 Sep. 2008. National Science Foundation. 24 Nov. 2014 <http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3/cycleindex.php?topicid=6>.
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Is Based On ISLE: Investigative Science Learning Environment

This is the website for ISLE (Investigative Science Learning Environment), the instructional approach upon which the Rutgers learning cycles for introductory physics are based.

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