In this investigation, students work with slinkies to explore longitudinal and transverse waves. They have the opportunity to establish the relationship between frequency and wavelength and understand how energy is related to the frequency and amplitude of a wave.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- draw and label longitudinal and transverse waves
- describe the relationship between frequency and wavelength in a wave
- describe how energy relates to frequency and amplitude of a wave.
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