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This is an educator's guideline for set-up and use of ripple tanks in introductory physics classrooms. Detailed information is provided on all the materials required to effectively implement ripple tank experiments, including sources for acquiring appropriate strobe equipment. Tips and suggestions are included for promoting the process of inquiry. Safety precautions are clearly spelled out.
SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to labs and experiments using ripple tanks, developed by the same authors.
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.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: How Waves Move and Interact: Reflection, Refraction, Interference
Students should whenever possible experiment for themselves using real equipment, rather than viewing only computer representations of ripple phenomena. This educators' guide gives detailed information about how to acquire, set up, and implement ripple tank experiments in the physical science or physics classroom. See related ripple tank activities developed by the same authors (below).Link to Unit:
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Practical Physics: Using Ripple Tanks:
Supplements Practical Physics: Basic Experiments with Ripple Tanks
This is a set of eight basic experiments using ripple tanks, developed by the same authors to introduce students to the concept of wave reflection.relation by Caroline Hall
Supplements Practical Physics: Measuring Waves in a Ripple Tank
Two experiments on measuring waves in a ripple tank through use of a stroboscope. Appropriate for high school classrooms.relation by Caroline Hall
Supplements Practical Physics: Ripples Crossing: Interference
This is a set of four ripple tank experiments sequenced to explore wave interference. Appropriate for grades 9-12.relation by Caroline Hall
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