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FlinnPREP™ Inquiry Lab Kits for AP® Physics 1: Mechanical Waves

By: The Flinn Staff

With the FlinnPREP™ Inquiry Lab for AP® Physics 1: Mechanical Waves, students investigate the influence of frequency, amplitude, and wavelength on the speed of pulse.

Includes access to exclusive FlinnPREP™ digital content to combine the benefits of classroom, laboratory and digital learning. Each blended learning lab solution includes prelab videos about concepts, techniques and procedures, summary videos that relate the experiment to the AP® exam, built-in student lab safety training with assessments, and standards-based, tested inquiry labs with real sample data. FlinnPREP™ Inquiry Lab Solutions are adaptable to you and how you teach with multiple ways to access and run your AP labs.

 

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AP Physics 1, Big Idea 6, Investigation 13

We are bombarded by waves every day. How are sound waves and electromagnetic waves alike? How are they different? In this advanced-inquiry lab, students use spring toys to explore waves and their properties.

The lab begins with an introductory activity to visually represent the difference between longitudinal and transverse waves. Students generate waves in a Slinky and make observations about the pulses that move along the spring. The procedure provides a model for guided-inquiry design of wave experiments to investigate the influence of frequency, amplitude and wavelength on the speed of the pulse.

Complete for 24 students working in groups of three. Timers are required and available separately. All materials are reusable.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Analyzing and interpreting data
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
HS-PS4.A: Wave Properties

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-PS4-1. Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.
HS-PS4-1. Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.