Waves Intro

Waves Intro Screenshot  Download  Embed
  • Frequency
  • Amplitude
  • Wave Speed

Topics

  • Frequency
  • Amplitude
  • Wave Speed
  • Wavelength
  • Water
  • Sound
  • Light

Description

Make waves with a dripping faucet, audio speaker, or laser! Adjust frequency and amplitude, and observe the effects. Hear the sound produced by the speaker, and discover what determines the color of light.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Make waves with water, sound, and light and see how they are related.
  • Discuss wave properties using common vocabulary.
  • Explain how changing the frequency and amplitude affects the characteristics of the wave.
  • Design an experiment to measure the speed of the wave.
Version 1.0.2

Teacher Tips

Download teacher tips PDF Overview of sim controls, model simplifications, and insights into student thinking ( PDF ).

Teacher-Submitted Activities

Waves Intro‌ Remote Lab ‌ 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
Lab
Remote
Physics
Earth Science
Alignment of PhET sims with NGSS This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein updated by Diana López HS
MS
Other Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics
Properties of Waves Virtual Lab Amy Mattes MS Lab
Guided
Physics
Writing an Equation for the Wave Sean Cordry UG-Intro Guided Physics
Intro to Waves I: Basics of waves in liquids Don Loving HS
MS
UG-Intro
Guided
HW
Physics
Introduction to Waves: Liquid Matter, Sound, and Light Lonny Villalobos, M.Ed. HS
MS
Lab
Guided
Physics
Wave Intro Simulation Worksheet Bonnie Meaders MS Lab Physics
Introducción a la Física: medidas, unidades y relación entre variables A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López HS
UG-Intro
Lab
Guided
Remote
HW
Physics
SECUNDARIA: Alineación PhET con programas de la SEP México (2011 y 2017) This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López MS
HS
Other Chemistry
Mathematics
Biology
Physics
PREPARATORIA: Alineación de PhET con programas de la DGB México (2017) This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López HS
UG-Intro
Other Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics
PRIMARIA: Alineación con programas de la SEP México (2011 y 2017) This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López MS
K-5
Demo
HW
Discuss
Guided
Lab
Astronomy
Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics
Werkblad Inleiding Golven Roland Van Kerschaver MS Lab
HW
Physics

Language Download or Run Tips
Albanian All shqip Download Run now Valët: Hyrje
Basque All Euskara Download Run now Uhinak: sarrera
Bosnian All Bosanski Download Run now Talasi - Uvod
Catalan All català Download Run now Ones: Introducció
Chinese (Simplified) All 中文 (中国) Download Run now 波动入门
Chinese (Traditional) All 中文 (台灣) Download Run now Waves Intro_波的介紹
Croatian All hrvatski Download Run now Valovi - uvod
Czech All čeština Download Run now Vlny: úvod
Danish All Dansk Download Run now Bølger: Intro
Dutch All Nederlands Download Run now Inleiding golven
French All français Download Run now Intro des Ondes
German All Deutsch Download Run now Wellen Einführung
Greek All Ελληνικά Download Run now Εισαγωγή στα κύματα
Gujarati All Gujarati Download Run now તરંગો પ્રસ્તાવના - Pankajsid34
Hebrew All עברית Download Run now גלים מבוא
Hungarian All magyar Download Run now Hullámok: bevezetés
Italian All italiano Download Run now Onde: Introduzione
Japanese All 日本語 Download Run now
Kazakh All Kazakh Download Run now Толқындар. Кіріспе
Korean All 한국어 Download Run now 파동: 기초
Marathi All मराठी Download Run now तरंग : ओळख
Mongolian All Монгол (Монгол) Download Run now Долгион Танилц
Norwegian Bokmal All Norsk bokmål Download Run now Bølger - innledning
Norwegian Nynorsk All Norwegian Nynorsk Download Run now Bølger - innleing
Persian All فارسی Download Run now امواج (مقدماتی)
Polish All polski Download Run now Fale - wstęp
Portuguese (Brazil) All português (Brasil) Download Run now Ondas: Intro Download teacher tips PDF
Russian All русский Download Run now Волны. Введение
Serbian All Српски Download Run now Таласи - Увод
Slovak All Slovenčina Download Run now Vlnenie
Spanish All español Download Run now Ondas: Intro Download teacher tips PDF
Spanish (Mexico) All español (México) Download Run now Ondas: Intro Download teacher tips PDF
Spanish (Peru) All español (Perú) Download Run now Introducción a las Ondas
Tamil All Tamil Download Run now அலைகளின் அறிமுகம்
Thai All ไทย Download Run now คลื่นเบื้องต้น
Turkish All Türkçe Download Run now Dalgalar: Giriş
Ukrainian All українська Download Run now Хвилі. Вступ Download teacher tips PDF
Vietnamese All Tiếng Việt Download Run now Sóng

HTML5 sims can run on iPads and Chromebooks, as well as PC, Mac, and Linux systems.

iPad:
iOS 12+ Safari
iPad compatible sims

Android:
Not officially supported. If you are using the HTML5 sims on Android, we recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome.

Chromebook:
Latest version of Google Chrome
The HTML5 and Flash PhET sims are supported on all Chromebooks.
Chromebook compatible sims

Windows Systems:
Microsoft Edge, latest version of Firefox, latest version of Google Chrome.

Macintosh Systems:
macOS 10.9.5+, Safari 9+, latest version of Chrome.

Linux Systems:
Not officially supported. Please contact phethelp@colorado.edu with troubleshooting issues.

Design Team Third-party Libraries Thanks To
  • Sam Reid (lead developer)
  • Amy Rouinfar (lead designer)
  • Noah Podolefsky (original designer)
  • Wendy Adams
  • Diana López Tavares
  • Ariel Paul
  • Kathy Perkins
  • Katie Woessner
  • Cheryl McCutchan (graphic arts)
  • almond-0.2.9.js
  • base64-js-1.2.0.js
  • FileSaver-b8054a2.js
  • font-awesome-4.5.0
  • game-up-camera-1.0.0.js
  • he-1.1.1.js
  • himalaya-0.2.7.js
  • jama-1.0.2
  • jquery-2.1.0.js
  • lodash-4.17.4.js
  • pegjs-0.7.0.js
  • seedrandom-2.4.2.js
  • text-2.0.12.js
  • TextEncoderLite-3c9f6f0.js