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written by Tom Henderson
This item is an interactive tutorial for high school physics/physical science on wave properties. It explores variables that affect the speed of a wave traveling through a medium. This resource serves to dispel the misconception that wave speed is a factor of the frequency of the wave. It was developed to build understanding that the wave speed is dependent on properties of the medium in which it moves. A self-paced question-and-answer sequence is provided at the end.
This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Wave Properties: Frequency, Amplitude, Period, Phase
Try using this tutorial as a cooperative learning activity. Students explore the variables that affect wave speed by analyzing sample data and completing a question-and-answer set. It helps build understanding that wave speed is dependent on properties of the medium in which it moves, a central idea to be applied in problems relating to wave energy.Link to Unit:
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