This PhET "Gold Star Winner" is a four-week instructional unit on the topic of Waves, created by a high school teacher. It was designed to be used with interactive simulations developed by PhET, the Physics Education Technology project. Included are detailed lessons for integrating labs, simulations, demonstrations, and concept questions to introduce students to properties and behaviors of waves. Specific topics include frequency and wavelength, sound, the wave nature of light, geometric optics, resonance, wave interference, Doppler Effect, refraction, thin lenses, wave addition, and more. Editor's Note: This classroom-tested resource could be of great value in meeting expanded national standards on wave energy. In one package, it brings together lessons, "clicker" or warm-up questions, digital media, hands-on activities, and unit reviews with answer keys. It can be easily condensed and adapted to a range of course levels from physical science to AP physics.


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CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.B: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.B.4: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship.?

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.B.5: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Relate the domain of a function to its graph and, where applicable, to the quantitative relationship it describes.?

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.B.6: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.?

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.C: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Analyze functions using different representations

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.C.7: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.?

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.C.7a: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Graph linear and quadratic functions and show intercepts, maxima, and minima.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-BF.B: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Build new functions from existing functions

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-BF.B.3: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-TF.B: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Model periodic phenomena with trigonometric functions

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-TF.B.5: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Choose trigonometric functions to model periodic phenomena with specified amplitude, frequency, and midline.?
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