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This is an inquiry-based activity developed for use with the Physics Education Technology "Wave on a String" simulation.  Students conduct an experiment to determine the relationships between: 1) frequency and wavelength, 2) frequency and wave speed, 3) tension and wave speed, and 4) amplitude and wave speed.  Appropriate for 9th grade physical science or algebra-based high school physics.  

Note: The "Wave On A String" simulation must be open in a browser as students perform this activity. See Related Materials for a link to the simulation.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Reflection and Refraction (Sound)
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
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= Curriculum support
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PHET, Phet, amplitude, assessment, frequency, homework problems, longitudinal waves, transverse waves, wave reflection, waves
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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Wave Properties: Frequency, Amplitude, Period, Phase

Students explore relationships among frequency, amplitude, and wave speed in this inquiry-based activity developed to be used with the PhET simulation Wave on a String (see above).  It is appropriate for 9th grade physical science or algebra-based introductory physics.

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The PhET Project and L. Anderson, (2006), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2948).
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The PhET Project and L. Anderson, PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Waves on a String Discovery Activity (2006), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2948>.
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The PhET Project, & Anderson, L. (2007, September 30). PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Waves on a String Discovery Activity. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2948
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The PhET Project, and Lori Anderson. PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Waves on a String Discovery Activity. September 30, 2007. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2948 (accessed 17 April 2014).
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The PhET Project, and Lori Anderson. PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Waves on a String Discovery Activity. 2006. 30 Sep. 2007. 17 Apr. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2948>.
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