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This is an experiment relating to wave motion developed for use in high school science physical classrooms.  Dynamics trolleys are connected by springs to model longitudinal and transverse waves. The detailed lesson plan fully explains set-up and how to adapt the lesson for regular or advanced high school physics. Students investigate how the wave speed is affected by changes in mass/tension, and how this dispersive system differs from a continuous wave medium like a rope or slinky.  The experiment is simple to set up for investigation in cooperative learning groups.  

This item is part of a much larger collection of physics/astronomy experiments, sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics and funded by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre.  
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General Physics
- Curriculum
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Laboratory
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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Metadata instance created March 4, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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October 27, 2007

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Types of Mechanical Waves

This simple, yet highly visual experiment uses dynamics trolleys, springs, and spring holders to model a transverse and a longitudinal wave.  The models are easy enough for students to set up, but allow exploration of complex concepts, such as how this dispersive system differs from a continuous wave medium like a rope or slinky (see experiment below for a companion activity).

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Nuffield Curriculum Centre, (2006), WWW Document, (http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/waves-trolleys).
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre, Practical Physics: Waves with Trolleys, (2006), <http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/waves-trolleys>.
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre. (2007, October 27). Practical Physics: Waves with Trolleys. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/waves-trolleys
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre. Practical Physics: Waves with Trolleys. October 27, 2007. http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/waves-trolleys (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre. Practical Physics: Waves with Trolleys. 2006. 27 Oct. 2007. Nuffield Curriculum Centre. 26 Nov. 2014 <http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/waves-trolleys>.
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Is By The Same Author and Covers a Similar Topic As Practical Physics: Pulses and continuous waves with a Slinky spring

A companion experiment using Slinky springs and rubber tubing to produce transverse and longitudinal waves, allowing students to compare wave movement in a continuous system.

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