This is an experiment relating to wave motion developed for use in high school science physical classrooms. Dynamics trolleys are connected by springs to model longitudinal and transverse waves. The detailed lesson plan fully explains set-up and how to adapt the lesson for regular or advanced high school physics. Students investigate how the wave speed is affected by changes in mass/tension, and how this dispersive system differs from a continuous wave medium like a rope or slinky. The experiment is simple to set up for investigation in cooperative learning groups. This item is part of a much larger collection of physics/astronomy experiments, sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics and funded by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre. SEE RELATED ITEMS BELOW for a link to the full collection.


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