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This item is an interactive tutorial for high school physics/physical science on wave properties.  It explores wave frequency and how it is differentiated from the wave period (a concept frequently misunderstood by beginning students).  A self-paced question-and-answer sequence is provided at the end, allowing students to independently measure their own understanding.  This resource is also appropriate for K-8 teachers who want to refresh their content knowledge of wave properties.

This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
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frequency, interactive tutorial, problem set, tutorial, wave period, wave properties
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Wave Properties: Frequency, Amplitude, Period, Phase

It can be easy to confuse the frequency of a wave with a wave's quantity period.  This tutorial, part of The Physics Classroom, would be an excellent refresher on the topic for K-8 teachers.  A question-and-answer set at the end allows you to measure your own understanding.

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Wave Properties: Frequency, Amplitude, Period, Phase

Students often confuse the frequency of a wave with its period.  This short tutorial, part of The Physics Classroom, promotes understanding of both properties of waves.  A question-and-answer set is provided at the end.  Team it with the companion tutorial on wave amplitude and energy transport (directly below).

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