Waves Unit

Are you looking for ways for your students to authentically engage in the scientific practices? PEER Physics curricular resources and pedagogical approach provide teachers with tools and support to facilitate students building models from evidence.

In the Waves unit, students establish principles about sound and light and apply these principles to an anchoring phenomenon about cell phones and communication.  Students build and apply evidence-based models of sound waves and then compare wave characteristics and models for light and sound before deepening their model for light to include interference and photons.

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W: Waves

Sound and light are the gateway for students to build and apply their understanding of wave properties.  Throughout the unit, students apply principles about waves to the phenomenon of cell phones and communication.

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