Waves on a String Discovery Activity


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Title Waves on a String Discovery Activity
Description Students make observations of: (1)the differences between pulses reflected off of free and fixed end and (2)the effect of tension on wave pulses. Students then compare and constrast the properties of each. For a continuous stream of pulses, students conduct an experiment to determine the relationships between: (1) frequency and wavelength, (2) frequency and wavespeed, (3) tension and wavespeed, (4) amplitude and wave speed.
Subject Physics
Level High School
Type Lab
Duration 60 minutes
Answers Included No
Language English
Keywords Algebra, Equations
Simulation(s) Wave on a String


Author(s) Lori Andersen
Contact Email loriandersen@cox.net
School / Organization Grafton High School
Date submitted 4/20/07
Date updated 9/18/07