Waves

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Waves, sound, and optics

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    Overview: Students experimentally determine the wavelength of a laser using the theory of Young's Double-Slit Experiment.

    Equipment:
    HeNe Laser
    Double Slit Slide
    Projection Microscope
    Transparent Ruler

    34 downloads

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    Description: A simple take-home lab in which students melt marshmallows in a microwave to experimentally determine the speed of electromagnetic waves in air using the wave equation and the given frequency of the microwave.

    Objective: Determine the speed of light experimentally

    Materials:
    Microwave
    Bag of marshmallows (preferably mini's)
    Casserole dish
    Butter
    Metric ruler
    Rice Krispies or graham crackers and chocolate

    99 downloads

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    A short lab in which students experimentally determine the absolute index of refraction for Lucite using two different shaped blocks (rectangular, triangular). Easily adaptable to other materials and shapes.

    Materials:
    Lasers
    Transparent blocks
    Protractors
    Straight-edges

    49 downloads

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    Set of worksheets based on past Regents Physics exams around the topics of:
    Types of waves
    Wave mediums and propagation
    Particles of a wave
    Pulses
    Wavelength
    Amplitude

    Direct link to the file on the APlusPhysics main site.

    27 downloads

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    Set of worksheets with more than 50 problems exploring wave characteristics from past NY State Regents Physics Exams.

    Key Concepts include:
    period
    frequency
    wavelength
    amplitude
    the wave equation


    Links directly to the main APlusPhysics site.

    25 downloads

    Submitted

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    Worksheets consisting of questions from past NY Regents Physics Exams covering the behavior of waves such as:
    standing waves
    Doppler Effect
    interference
    resonance


    Taken directly from the main APlusPhysics site.

    23 downloads

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    A lab in which students oscillate an extended spring to create standing waves. By measuring the period or frequency of the standing waves, as well as the wavelength, students calculate the speed of the wave using the wave equation.

    Ultimate goal of this lab is to have students understand that the type of wave and the medium determine the speed of the wave. The wave equation, holds true and describes a relationship, but the speed of the wave is not determined by adjusting the wavelength or frequency.

    Materials:
    Long springs
    stopwatches
    meter sticks

    38 downloads

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    A short worksheet covering the law of reflection.

    16 downloads

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    A set of worksheets using problems from past NY Regents Physics exams covering refraction / Snell's Law. This link is taken directly from the main APlusPhysics site.

    22 downloads

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  10. Free

    Set of questions from NY State Regents Physics Exams on diffraction.

    24 downloads

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    A set of NY Regents Physics Exam questions on the topic of the electromagnetic spectrum.

    22 downloads

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    Reading guide for Glencoe: Physics Principles and Problems, Chapter 14.1-14.2

    32 downloads

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    Students explore the law of refraction / Snell's Law using the PHET Colorado Simulation "Bending Light."

    32 downloads

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    A short review worksheet covering basic wave characteristics.

    54 downloads

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  15. Free

    A short review of wave phenomena such as echoes, interference, and standing waves.

    42 downloads

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