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This page is a free multimedia tutorial on basic properties of waves, adaptable for students ranging from grades 8-12.  Materials are formatted in Adobe Flash, with short video clips, animations, and interactive question-and-answer sets.  This segment is part of a full module on the physics of waves developed by the HippoCampus project, part of the Open Education Resources effort (OER).

Of particular interest to physics teachers and learners is that each module is specifically correlated to more than a dozen widely-used physics textbooks.  Click on the "Textbook" tab to use this tool.

These materials could be very useful for students with certain learning disabilities.  The modules are designed to spark student interest through visual appeal and are accompanied by voice narration.

Please note that this resource requires Flash.
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.

Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Waves and Wave Energy

A visually appealing tutorial on the fundamentals of traveling waves.  It contains video clips, short animations, and interactive Q&A sets.  Each slide is voice narrated, which could be ideal for students with disabilities.  (Part of a full module on Waves.)

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Types of Mechanical Waves

This is a tutorial for introductory high school physics on the fundamentals of mechanical waves.  It integrates video clips, animations, and background information, and interactive question-and-answer sets.  Narration accompanying each slide makes this resource useful for students with disabilities.  Topics include wave categories, amplitude, frequency, energy transport in waves, and an introduction to interference.

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Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, (2007), WWW Document, (http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.php/course_locator.php?course=Introductory%20Physics%20II&lesson=42&topic=1&width=800&height=550&topicTitle=Wave%20Motion&skinPath=http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.skins/default).
Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, HippoCampus: Physics - Wave Basics, (2007), <http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.php/course_locator.php?course=Introductory%20Physics%20II&lesson=42&topic=1&width=800&height=550&topicTitle=Wave%20Motion&skinPath=http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.skins/default>.
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Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. (2008, February 14). HippoCampus: Physics - Wave Basics. Retrieved July 26, 2016, from http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.php/course_locator.php?course=Introductory%20Physics%20II&lesson=42&topic=1&width=800&height=550&topicTitle=Wave%20Motion&skinPath=http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.skins/default
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Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. HippoCampus: Physics - Wave Basics. February 14, 2008. http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.php/course_locator.php?course=Introductory%20Physics%20II&lesson=42&topic=1&width=800&height=550&topicTitle=Wave%20Motion&skinPath=http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.skins/default (accessed 26 July 2016).
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Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. HippoCampus: Physics - Wave Basics. 2007. 14 Feb. 2008. 26 July 2016 <http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.php/course_locator.php?course=Introductory%20Physics%20II&lesson=42&topic=1&width=800&height=550&topicTitle=Wave%20Motion&skinPath=http://www.hippocampus.org/hippocampus.skins/default>.
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