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Production and Transmission of Sound

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Identify what vibrates to make sound

  • Describe the effect of larger vibrations on a sound

  • Describe the effect of faster or slower vibrations on a sound

  • Explain how sound is produced by objects that do not appear to vibrate

  • Explain how vibrations are passed on to the surrounding air

  • Identify which materials sound travels best in

  • Describe how particles vibrate to transmit sound

  • Explain why sound will not travel through empty space (vacuum)

  • Explain why sounds become quieter as the distance from the source increases

  • Explain why sound is absorbed by soft surfaces and reflected or scattered by hard ones

The resources include details of common misconceptions and a summary of the research upon which the resources are based.

Download the zip file for all the questions and activities.

More resources like this can be found on the BEST webpage:  Best Evidence in Science Teaching

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