Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Waves Web Quest - Chapter 18


Chapter 18

Begin by visiting: http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/waves/wave_basics/waves.htm?ASPIRE_Session=4c6797aa01065603d06aa431c8d2ed64

Read all the information on the page and answer the following questions.

1. What are light and sound forms of, and how do they move?

2. What do waves transfer? Please give examples.

3. Infer why a boat in the ocean only moves up and down as the waves pass but is not carried to shore by waves.

4. Explain what a periodic wave is and give an example.

5. In the space below, sketch and label an example of a wave.

6. At the bottom of the page are three words underlined in blue. Click on each word, complete each activity, explain your observations and define each word.

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7. Scroll up to the interactive wave window. (With green air molecules).

Click on the left and drag up and down. (You just created a transverse wave) Summarize your observations below.

8. Now move the molecules left and right. (You just created a compressional wave or longitudinal wave) Summarize your observations below.

Now Go to: http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/Phys/Class/waves/u10l1c.html

Read all the information on the page and answer the following questions.

9. Compare and contrast a transverse wave and a longitudinal (compressional) wave. Please give examples of each kind of wave.

10. Identify at least one way in which scientists categorize waves.

Now go to: http://surendranath.tripod.com/Applets/Waves/Twave01/Twave01Applet.html

Leave setting on “progressive wave” (top) but change the settings for amplitude and wavelength. (bottom)

Observe the wave carefully as you change the values for wavelength and answer the following question.

11. What is the relationship between frequency and wavelength? What happens to the wavelength as the frequency increases?

Read all the information on the page and answer the following questions.

12. Are sound waves transverse or compressional? And how do they transfer energy?

13. Through what medium are sound waves able to travel? Unable to travel?

14. Imagine you are aboard a space craft somewhere in the galaxy. Would you be able to hear the roaring approach of another ship?

Now go to: http://library.thinkquest.org/19537/

Click on the physics link to the left.

Then click on the Properties of a Sound Wave link. Read all the information on the page and answer the following.

15. What is the period of a sound wave?

16. Identify the relationship between pitch and frequency.

Now click on the green arrow at the bottom right of the page. Read all the information about the SPEED OF SOUND on the page and answer the following.

17. What are the two factors that affect the speed of sound? Through which medium does sound travel the fastest?

Now click on the Sound lab link located on the left column. You will see 5 sound applets. Interact with each one and summarize you observations. Explanations for each one can be found on the website as well.

1.Beats Applet -

2.Doppler Effect Applet -

3.Harmonics Applet -

4.Wave Applet -

5.SoundScene Applet -


Anonymous said...

there are way too many questions on the web quests! But mr. z is still da best teacher eva!! :) <3

Anonymous said...

mr z i can't believe its graduation.
im gonna miss you
u were the best teacher in the world. ^^