Waves on water and ropes

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

  • Recognise that as a transverse wave travels forward, the medium through which it travels does not.
  • Describe the movement of each ‘particle’ of a transverse wave as the wave moves forward.       
  • Explain how movement of each ‘particle’ of a transverse wave causes a perturbation to move forward.          
  • Compare the speed of transverse waves that have different amplitudes or frequencies to each other and are moving through a common medium.
  • Compare the amount of energy transferred by transverse waves that have different amplitudes or frequencies to each other and are moving through a common medium.

 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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