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This item is an interactive tutorial for high school physics/physical science on wave properties.  It explores variables that affect the speed of a wave traveling through a medium.  This resource serves to dispel the misconception that wave speed is a factor of the frequency of the wave.  It was developed to build understanding that the wave speed is dependent on properties of the medium in which it moves. A self-paced question-and-answer sequence is provided at the end.  

This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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- Assessment
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© 1996 Tom Henderson
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frequency, interactive tutorial, problem set, tutorial, wave period, wave properties, wave speed
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Metadata instance created March 18, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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December 12, 2008

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

Try using this tutorial as a cooperative learning activity.  Students explore the variables that affect wave speed by analyzing sample data and completing a question-and-answer set.  It helps build understanding that wave speed is dependent on properties of the medium in which it moves, a central idea to be applied in problems relating to wave energy.

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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/U10L2d.cfm).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: The Speed of a Wave, (1996), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/U10L2d.cfm>.
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Henderson, T. (2008, December 12). The Physics Classroom: The Speed of a Wave. Retrieved November 1, 2014, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/U10L2d.cfm
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: The Speed of a Wave. December 12, 2008. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/U10L2d.cfm (accessed 1 November 2014).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: The Speed of a Wave. 1996. 12 Dec. 2008. 1 Nov. 2014 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/U10L2d.cfm>.
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