Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.


Curriculum Corner: Wave Motion

Try our Curriculum Corner for a Think Sheet or a whole unit of Think Sheets and get your students thinking about waves. If the video is homework; then these are awesome next day starters. This is free curriculum for the taking. And for a few extra bucks, you can obtain the source documents and purchase a license to place them and any deriviative from them on your course management pages; see the Solutions Guide.

Physics Interactives: Waves and Sound - Simple Wave Simulator

This is a very popular simulation and one worth using with your classes. It comes with a classroom-ready student activity sheet. And don't forget the Concept Checker as a follow-up. Between our video, our simulations, and you're usual engaging labs, you're going to have some awesome lesson plans.

Physics Interactives: Waves and Sound - Slinky Lab

Don't have a Slinky or a class set of Snakies and Slinkies? All of them tangled up from student mis-use? No problem. Visit our Slinky lab and start shaking. There's no way the students are going to ruin one. Combine the sim with the use of our classroom-ready student activity sheet and pair these with the Concept Checker.


Minds On Physics, Wave Motion Module, Mission WM1, Nature and Categories of Waves

Very few students do Minds On Physics because they think it's phun. But lots of students do Minds On Physics because they know it works. Here's a MOP mission on the Nature of a Wave (previous video in our series) and the Categories of Waves (this video). 

Physics Classroom Tutorial: Vibrations and Waves Chapter, Lesson 1 - Categories of Waves?

Our written tutorial pages provide a thorough, easy-to-understand, common-sense approach to Physics topics. This particular page addresses the same topics covered in the video. As such, it makes a great reference for a quick check-up or clarification of an idea.