Education Technology

Wondering About Waves

Published on 01/09/2014

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to explore the properties of standing waves and electromagnetic waves.

Objectives

  • Students will explore and compare the properties of standing waves and an electromagnetic wave.
  • Students will observe different resonant frequencies of a standing wave on a spring.

Vocabulary

  • speed
  • amplitude
  • resonance
  • frequency
  • hertz
  • period
  • spring constant
  • damping
  • oscillation
  • standing wave
  • harmonics
  • node
  • anti-node
  • electromagnetic radiation

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to explore the properties of standing waves and electromagnetic waves.

 As a result, students will:

  • Vary the frequency of a standing wave to observe different harmonics.
  • Relate higher resonant frequencies to the fundamental resonant frequency.
  • Compare the properties of standing waves and electromagnetic waves.

 This activity was created using Lua. Learn more about Lua in TI-Nspire here.