Additional Learning Tools and Resources

Watching a presentation is a passive activity. Getting information is important ... but its not the destination or end point. Now that you've watched the video, its time to do something with the information you've heard. It's time to act on it. The resources below provide an opportunity to do this. We encourage learners to solidify their learning through the use of one or more of the following resources.

Physics Interactives: Simple Wave Simulator

The Simple Wave Simulator provides you a virtual wave machine for exploring the nature of a wave, quantitative relationships between wavelength, frequency and speed, and comparisons between transverse waves such as those traveling through a rope and longitudinal waves such as sound. 

Minds On Physics, Sound and Music Module, Mission SM1: Nature of a Sound Wave

Mission SM1 pertains to the fundamental nature of a sound wave. You'll get a workout in reading, thinking, and conceptual reasoning and you will finish better than you started.

Science Reasoning Center, Sound Chapter, Sound as a Pressure Wave

This activity serves as a great introduction to the nature of a sound wave. You will be presented a short (and video-related) reading regarding sound waves. The reading focuses on the pressure oscillations of a sound wave and provides two diagrams and two plots of pressure as a function of time for two different sound sources. The reading is followed with interactive questions. This is a great follow-up.


Tutorial on Sound and Music, Lesson 1, Sound as a Pressure Wave

Need a refresher? The written Tutorial is always a great place to go to re-visit the main ideas of a video.