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This 4-minute YouTube video shows how to build an inexpensive wave machine with gummi candies, wood kabob skewers, and duct tape. Part of the UK's National STEM Centre library, this resource could be used as a warm-up for discussion or as the basis for a low-cost classroom experiment for investigating wave propagation and factors that affect wave speed.
Editor's Note: We especially like this wave machine video because the host shows how to use it with learners who have little or no prior background in waves. It would be a great way to inexpensively introduce an engaging student-created investigation into transverse wave motion.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- Middle School
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Demonstration
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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Keywords:
wave experiment, wave speed
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created February 25, 2016 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
February 25, 2016 by Caroline Hall
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(2014), WWW Document, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE520z_ugcU).
AJP/PRST-PER
National STEM Centre: Wave Machine Demonstration, (2014), <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE520z_ugcU>.
APA Format
National STEM Centre: Wave Machine Demonstration. (2014). Retrieved July 6, 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE520z_ugcU
Chicago Format
National STEM Centre. National STEM Centre: Wave Machine Demonstration. 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE520z_ugcU (accessed 6 July 2020).
MLA Format
National STEM Centre: Wave Machine Demonstration. 2014. National STEM Centre. 6 July 2020 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE520z_ugcU>.
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@misc{ Title = {National STEM Centre: Wave Machine Demonstration}, Volume = {2020}, Number = {6 July 2020}, Year = {2014} }
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