Wave on a String

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  • Waves
  • Frequency
  • Amplitude
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Topics

  • Waves
  • Frequency
  • Amplitude
  • Damping

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.

Standards Alignment

Common Core - Math

HSF-TF.B.5
Choose trigonometric functions to model periodic phenomena with specified amplitude, frequency, and midline.*
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