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written by Tom Henderson
This interactive resource is the third of a 3-part tutorial on the nature of sound waves, developed for introductory physics courses. Words, images and animation are combined to clarify why sound can be characterized as a pressure wave. It goes into detail to describe how compressions in a longitudinal wave are high pressure regions, while rarefactions are low pressure regions.

This tutorial is part of The Physics Classroom website.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Wave Properties of Sound
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
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mechanical waves
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Metadata instance created March 11, 2011 by Tom Henderson
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January 29, 2018 by Caroline Hall
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### Next Generation Science Standards

#### Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Wave Properties (PS4.A)
• A sound wave needs a medium through which it is transmitted. (6-8)

#### Crosscutting Concepts (K-12)

Energy and Matter (2-12)
• Within a natural or designed system, the transfer of energy drives the motion and/or cycling of matter. (6-8)
• Energy drives the cycling of matter within and between systems. (9-12)
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