PGP-Waves

Please share comments & files for teaching waves.
Measuring the Speed of Sound Lab (Liz Woolard) I wrote this lab as a consequence of the discussion we had on the list serve (Thanks. Frank!)
Speed of Sound 2.doc

Adapted Measuring the Speed of Sound Lab (originally submitted by Liz Woolard, see above) to include open-ended tubes.
submitted by Kristin Michalski

Resonance Tubes Lab - Modified exam question using graduated cylinder, glass tube, and a tuning fork (or three). submitted by Mark W. Hossler; //mhossler@landmark-cs.org//

Wind Chime Project: (Suzy Tucker) This is a project I do with my physics courses at the end of the year. The students use copper piping to create a musical wind chime. First, they use various length copper pipe and Vernier microphones to determine a relationship between length and frequency. They use this relationship to create a wind chime of a particular chord. Finally, they test the accuracy of the notes they created. I have attached my lab handout and assessment rubric.


Resonance and Standing Waves Lab Simulation:
This simulation allows students to create standing waves with different boundaries, fixed at both ends, fixed at one end and open at other, and open at both ends. Students can derive equations by identifying the nodes and antinodes and finding the number of wavelengths on the length of string. This simulation helps students in AP Physics 1 visualize standing waves in instruments. Submitted by Kristin Michalski



Waves & Sound: This is my rundown for sound and waves. I teach a lot of waves with SHM, so sound is a 90 minute lecture on harmonics and a resonance lab. Superposition, Polarization, and Doppler Effect are just demos, so I blaze through them pretty quick.

Ripple Tank Waves Lab:(Doug Hutton) A traditional ripple tank lab modified from another source. I generally use as a station lab.

PowerPoint (B_ Waves Oscillation PowerPoint 2008.ppt) and associated
Classroom Notes Packet for Physics B Waves and Oscillations unit.
submitted by Peggy Bertrand

Waveform Generating Spreadsheet - Simple spreadsheet that allows you to create 1 or 2 waves forms with or without their superposition and graphs them. Potentially useful for quickly creating graphics for quizzes/tests, class etc. With slider bars you can quickly change the graph or shows what happens to the superposition as the waves move by one another. I also posted a brief tutorial on Youtube, showing how to use the spreadsheet. (Dan Hosey)

Ruben's Tube - Instructions on how to build a Ruben's Tube as well as operating instructions. Most of the materials can be found at Home Depot or a local hardware store and are all relatively inexpensive. (Travis Brown)



AP Physics 1 Waves Problem Set - Problem set built by Bob Enck, Dan Fullerton and Paul Sedita in an effort to start an AP-1 style problem bank. Feel free to print/use in your classrooms. Please don't re-post the files themselves, but rather only the links to the files, to allow us to quickly and easy update and continue to build upon these problems. Thank you! -- Dan Fullerton (dfullerton@aplusphysics.com). PS - anyone interested in adding on to these problems, we'd love the help!