Type:

Unit

Description:

This Waves, Sound, and Light unit will help students understand the world around them through inquiry and hands-on experimentation. The major concepts covered will be waveforms, measures of a wave, interference, reflection, standing waves, refraction, diffraction, Doppler shift, bow/shock waves, sound transmission, wave speed, loudness and pitch, resonance, beats, electromagnetic spectrum, speed of light, luminous bodies, transparent materials, color, pigments, shadows, polarization, mirrors, images, lenses, and the eyeball. The unit takes 5-6 weeks, averaging 45 minutes a day if meeting 5 days/week. The unit is stand alone and/or could be used to accompany a number of texts.

Subjects:

  • Science > General
  • Science > Physical Sciences
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10

Keywords:

waveforms measures of a wave interference reflection standing waves refraction diffraction Doppler shift bow/shock waves sound transmission wave speed loudness and pitch resonance beats electromagnetic spectrum speed of light luminous bodies transparent materials color pigments shadows polarization mirrors images lenses and the eyeball

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Update Standards?

SCI.9-12.PH.4.a: Science

Students know waves carry energy from one place to another.

SCI.9-12.PH.4.b: Science

Students know how to identify transverse and longitudinal waves in mechanical media, such as springs and ropes, and on the earth (seismic waves).

SCI.9-12.PH.4.c: Science

Students know how to solve problems involving wavelength, frequency, and wave speed.

SCI.9-12.PH.4.d: Science

Students know sound is a longitudinal wave whose speed depends on the properties of the medium in which it propagates.

SCI.9-12.PH.4.e: Science

Students know radio waves, light, and X-rays are different wavelength bands in the spectrum of electromagnetic waves whose speed in a vacuum is approximately 3 x 10 to the 8th power m/s (186,000 miles/second).

SCI.9-12.PH.4.f: Science

Students know how to identify the characteristic properties of waves: interference (beats), diffraction, refraction, Doppler effect, and polarization.

SCI.9-10.5.G: Science

explore the characteristics and behaviors of energy transferred by waves, including acoustic, seismic, light, and waves on water as they superpose on one another, bend around corners, reflect off surfaces, are absorbed by materials, and change direction when entering new materials;
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2010-09-27.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This excellent, comprehensive 5 – 6 week unit is intended for middle school or early high school students, but is certainly robust enough for use with older students. The collection is clearly organized into teacher-facing and student-facing folders. The teacher resources include a detailed scope and sequence of the unit, a variety of engaging lab activities (including answer keys), homework assignments (no keys), notes and assessments (answer keys). The student-facing folder includes the lab sheets, games and notes for student use. Most of these resources are available for download as a Word document, allowing educators to modify them for their own classroom needs. The major concepts covered will be waveforms, measures of a wave, interference, reflection, standing waves, refraction, diffraction, Doppler shift, bow/shock waves, sound transmission, wave speed, loudness and pitch, resonance, beats, electromagnetic spectrum, speed of light, luminous bodies, transparent materials, color, pigments, shadows, polarization, mirrors, images, lenses, and the eyeball. This high quality unit can be used to supplement existing curriculum or can serve as a stand-alone unit and is immediately useful in the classroom.
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K Patterson
September 20, 2010

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K Patterson
September 20, 2010

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