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This item is an interactive tutorial for high school physics/physical science on wave properties.  It explores wave amplitude and how it is related to the amount of energy transported by the wave disturbance. A question-and-answer sequence is provided at the end, allowing students to independently measure their own understanding.  This resource would also be appropriate content support for K-8 educators planning a unit on waves.

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
= Transfer of Energy in 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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© 1996 Tom Henderson
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amplitude, interactive tutorial, tutorial, wave energy, wave properties, wave transport
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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

A wave transports energy along a medium without transporting matter.  The amount of energy carried by a wave is related to its amplitude.  This is an excellent tutorial for K-8 teachers who want to a refresher in wave energy.  For a related tutorial by the same author, see the tutorial on Frequency and period of a Wave (directly above).

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

The amount of energy carried by a wave is related to its amplitude. This interactive tutorial, part of The Physics Classroom, explores energy transport in a wave and provides explicit instruction in the proportional relationship between energy and amplitude. Team it with the companion tutorial on frequency and wave period (directly above).

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