Reflection: Classroom Setup Amplitude of a Wave - Section 2: Independent Investigation


This lesson suggests that students use jumping ropes from the PE department to investigate wave amplitude. We did this in the classroom, but we also still had the wave machine still set up from the Wave Machine lesson. Students gravitated to the wave machine and started to emulate the activity on the wave machine. When we debriefed the lesson, students reported that they found the machine more helpful in seeing the amplitude as they could better control the force with which they made the wave on the machine than the rope.

You might want to keep this in mind when you plan this lesson.

  Using The Wave Machine Again
  Classroom Setup: Using The Wave Machine Again
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Amplitude of a Wave

Unit 7: Waves Aren't Just In The Sea
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: Students will understand how to measure different wave heights and why this makes a difference.

Big Idea: Students will understand that different waves have different properties.

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