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Lab Equipment: Waves


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You get to learn about the different equipment used in physics labs and what it is used for. Focus on mechanics, optics, and the study of waves, and learn about graphing calculators too.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Define the use of lab equipment to study waves, including wave motion ropes.
  • Define the use of resonance tubes.

Everything You'll Have Covered

How does a pendulum teach the concepts of frequency and amplitude?

~ A pendulum swings by a rope tied to a pendulum support.. By observing the oscillatory motion of a pendulum, students can come to learn about the concepts of period and amplitude.

How does a tuning fork teach the concept of waves?

~ A tuning fork is a good tool to use in experiments with waves. Tuning forks are used to create strong sound waves through the vibration of metal. When its vibrations are set off by an object hitting it, a tuning fork resonates at a specific constant frequency.

How does using a resonance tube teach the concept of waves?

~ A resonance tube has a cylindrical shape. Its length and different end configurations determine the wavelength of the sound that can move through it. The speed of a wave can be determined through the pitch or frequency at which the tube resonates.

What is an electromagnetic spectrum chart?

~ An electromagnetic spectrum chart shows waves and the frequencies of various electromagnetic waves such as gamma rays, ultraviolet, X-rays, infrared, and radio waves.

What is a wave motion rope?

~ A wave motion rope is used for producing waves.

What is the purpose of a spring in relation to waves?

~ A spring is used to demonstrate both transverse and longitudinal waves

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define amplitude, electromagnetic spectrum, and frequency.
Course Physics
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary amplitude, electromagnetic spectrum, frequency