Wave on a String

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  • Waves
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  • Waves
  • Frequency
  • Amplitude

Description

Explore the wonderful world of waves! Even observe a string vibrate in slow motion. Wiggle the end of the string and make waves, or adjust the frequency and amplitude of an oscillator.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Discuss wave properties using common vocabulary.
  • Predict the behavior of waves through varying medium and at reflective endpoints.
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Download teacher tips PDF Overview of sim controls, model simplifications, and insights into student thinking ( PDF ).

Teacher-Submitted Activities

Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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MC Physics
Wave unit (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
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Physics
Waves on a String (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
UG-Intro
Lab
CQs
Physics
Mathematics
EM wave analogy tutorial A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Noah Podolefksy UG-Intro Lab Physics
Wave demonstrations: water, sound, light (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
HS
Demo
CQs
Physics
Wave clicker questions (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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CQs Physics
Speed of a Wave NGSS aligned A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Susie Dykstra HS Lab Physics
Sound and Wave Basics A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Dr. Wendy Adams and the Acoustical Society MS
UG-Intro
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HW Physics
Inquiry Activity: Waves A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Christina Zaccagnino MS Lab
Guided
Physics
Investigating Properties of Transverse Waves A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Elyse Zimmer HS Lab Physics
Properties of a wave A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Jackie Esler MS Lab
CQs
Waves & The Electromagnetic Spectrum A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Phil Cook HS HW
Alignment of PhET sims with NGSS This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS Other Chemistry
Physics
Biology
Earth Science
How do PhET simulations fit in my middle school program? This contribution was designed by PhET. Sarah Borenstein MS Other Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics
Mapping of PhET and IBDP Physics Jaya Ramchandani HS Other Physics
MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer MS
HS
Other Chemistry
Biology
Physics
Waves on a string Jason Mcclurg HS
UG-Intro
Lab Physics
Wave Properties and Interactions Lab Manual Fatih Gozuacik HS
MS
Lab
Guided
Physics
Wave Investigation Chuck Faber MS Lab Physics
Measuring waves using wave on a string model Richard Knights HS Lab
Guided
Physics
Finding Wave Properties Karen King, Stephan Graham HS Lab Physics
Transverse Standing Waves Exploration Kevin Slattery HS Lab
Wave on a String Independent Student Learning Guide Valerie Chapple MS
HS
Lab
Verschil amplitude en frequentie Gerrit de Wit MS Lab Physics
Properties of a Wave Lab Jason Acosta HS Lab
Oscillate Waves and Wavelengths Kim Wu MS CQs
Lab
Earth Science
Wave on a String Student Learning Guide Kathleen Miller MS Lab Physics
Wave Refraction and Reflection Christine Deyo HS Lab Physics
Wave Exporation Michael Noel MS
HS
Demo Physics
Finding the speed of a wave on a string J. Howard HS Lab Physics
Properties of waves Kristi Goodwin MS CQs Physics
Standing Waves Exploration N Whipple HS Lab
Applications of Sinusoidal Functions Andrzej Sokolowski HS Lab Mathematics
Wave pre-lecture introduction for regular level Steve Banasiak HS Lab Physics
Sound Virtual Practical Activity Bruce Carpenter HS Lab Physics
Modeling: deriving "v =(wavelength)(f); et al. T. Egan, J. Marino HS Lab
Reflection and Interference of Waves Paul Williams, Myra West UG-Intro Lab Physics
Wave on a String Simulation S. Pennington HS Lab
CQs
Physics
Wave Motion unknown unknown HS HW
Investigating waves Nancy Flowers HS Lab Physics
Wave on a string--the basics Chris Cochran MS Lab
Waves Review Michael F. Gallo HS HW
Lab
Physics
Wave on a String Gretchen Swanson HS Lab Physics
Standing Waves Stephan Graham HS Lab Physics
Waves on a String Discovery Activity Lori Andersen HS Lab Physics
Waves Robert Kennedy HS Lab Physics
Waves on a String Katherine Frett HS Lab Physics
Wave on a String Comparison curt miller HS Lab Physics
Measurement of wave parameters Gagik Demirjian MS
HS
Lab Physics
Demonstartion of waves on a string Gagik Demirjian MS Demo Physics
comment_se_propage_une_onde pierre gerard HS Lab
Guided
Physics
줄의 피동 SIM 사용지침서 이화국(Wha Kuk Lee) UG-Intro
HS
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Chemistry
Physics
Actividad: onda en una cuerda Elias Hernandez Hernandez K-5 Guided
MC
Discuss
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Physics
Guia katherine vergara MS Guided Physics

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