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Posts Tagged ‘Waves

Yes, Snakey. If you buy a wave demonstration kit, there are two springs in there. One is the classic Slinky, just very long. The other is a much tighter ten or twelve foot long spring called a Snakey. That one is the kids love to play with.

  • The best demonstration with Snakey is when you pull the spring tight between two people and pluck the spring. The wave travels down the spring, hits the other side and reflects back.
  • You can also try to set up a standing wave. Challenge the student at the other end of the spring to try not to move at his end, it’s extremely difficult. Once you get a standing wave, have another student see if they can reach in and touch the node. Even more challenging, once the standing wave has begun, see if you can change to a harmonic of the wave. When the standing wave is visible, ask them to determine the frequency and wavelength of what they see.

The Slinky is used to demonstrate a longitudinal wave. It’s a lot harder to see and even harder to keep going. Still, it gets the point across.


What’s New in 2013/2014?

Every year brings a change, this one is no exception.

I will be picking up the sophomore honors Algebra II class to keep them separate from the juniors. This should help accelerate them and put them on a stronger track towards Calculus. Looks like there will be only one section each of Physics and Calculus, but still two of Robotics & Engineering.

Hot topics this year are going to be the Common-Core Standards, Standards-Based Grading (SBG), improving AP Calculus scores, and somehow adding Python, maybe as a club.

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