Summary of Thermal Energy & Waves

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The goal of the Thermal Energy & Waves virtual lab is to allow students the opportunity to explore the influence of several variables on the behavior of a mechanical wave. Students conduct investigations to learn how changing the frequency, wavelength, amplitude, thermal energy, or medium effects the wave speed.

Performance Expectations

HS-PS4-1   Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.

MS-PS1-4   Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

MS-PS4-2   Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.