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This web page contains an in-depth tutorial on the properties and behavior of waves, suitable for beginning students of physics or physical science teachers who would like a refresher on wave energy.  It features multiple animations to accompany the text, plus self-guided question-and-answer sets.  Included is a discussion of the nature and anatomy of waves, how wave energy is transported, and an overview of standing waves and harmonic patterns.  

This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Doppler Effect
= Interference and Diffraction
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Standing Waves
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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© 1996 Tom Henderson
amplitude, harmonics, problem set, tutorial, wave energy, wave frequency, wave interference, wave period, wave reflection
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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Waves and Wave Energy

A straightforward tutorial suitable for crossover teachers or K-8 physical science teachers who would like a refresher on the topic of waves.  This is part of the respected Physics Classroom tutorial collection, and covers wave categories, properties and behavior of waves, and how waves transport energy.

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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves).
T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Waves, (1996), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves>.
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Henderson, T. (2008, December 12). The Physics Classroom: Waves. Retrieved March 23, 2017, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Waves. December 12, 2008. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves (accessed 23 March 2017).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Waves. 1996. 12 Dec. 2008. 23 Mar. 2017 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves>.
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