Measuring the speed of waves in solids

In this lesson we will calculate the speed of waves in solids by taking appropriate measurements and processing our results. We will look to reduce any errors in our measurements.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Q1.What is the unit of frequency?

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Q2.Which of these descriptions best describes a transverse wave?

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Q3.What is the purpose of measuring the length of 10 wavelengths, when calculating the speed of a water wave?

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Q4.Which equation should be used to calculate wave speed?

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Q5.Which statement is true about water wave speed and the depth of water

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is the unit of frequency?

1/5

Q2.Which of these descriptions best describes a transverse wave?

2/5

Q3.What is the purpose of measuring the length of 10 wavelengths, when calculating the speed of a water wave?

3/5

Q4.Which equation should be used to calculate wave speed?

4/5

Q5.Which statement is true about water wave speed and the depth of water

5/5

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Quiz:

Measuring the speed of waves in solids

This quiz will test your knowledge from this lesson and your prior learning.

Q1.What piece of apparatus is used to create water waves?

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Q2.A wave has a wavelength of 3 cm, and a frequency of 3 Hz. What is the wave speed of the wave?

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Q3.Which of these steps to measure the speed of waves on a string will increase the reliability?

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Q4.Which of these steps to measure the speed of waves on a string will increase the accuracy?

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Q5.A photograph of a length of string shows 4 waves. If the string has a length of 42 cm and the vibration generator is set to 3 Hz. What is the wave speed of the waves on the string?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Measuring the speed of waves in solids

This quiz will test your knowledge from this lesson and your prior learning.

Q1.What piece of apparatus is used to create water waves?

1/5

Q2.A wave has a wavelength of 3 cm, and a frequency of 3 Hz. What is the wave speed of the wave?

2/5

Q3.Which of these steps to measure the speed of waves on a string will increase the reliability?

3/5

Q4.Which of these steps to measure the speed of waves on a string will increase the accuracy?

4/5

Q5.A photograph of a length of string shows 4 waves. If the string has a length of 42 cm and the vibration generator is set to 3 Hz. What is the wave speed of the waves on the string?

5/5

Lesson summary: Measuring the speed of waves in solids

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