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This resource contains two experiments on wave measurement in a ripple tank, appropriate for use in high school physical science or physics classrooms.  Students are introduced to using the stroboscope to 'freeze' waves in a ripple tank, and to confirm the relationship between wave speed, frequency and wavelength.

SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a Teachers' Guide on using ripple tanks, by the same authors.

**NOTE In all work with stroboscopes, teachers must be aware of any student suffering from photo-induced epilepsy.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Laboratory
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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Metadata instance created March 20, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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October 17, 2007

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

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

Here are two experiments on wave measurement in a ripple tank, appropriate for use in high school physical science or physics classrooms.  Students are introduced to using the stroboscope to 'freeze' waves in a ripple tank, and to confirm the relationship between wave speed, frequency and wavelength.

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