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: Standing Wave Maker

Our interactive simulations allow you to playfully alter a variable and observe the result in the form of an animation. Ask a question and pursue the answer. This one challenges you to find "just the right frequency" to cause a rope to vibrate as a standing wave. Great tool! And follow it up with the Concept Checker (below).

Concept Checkers, Standing Waves

A Concept Checker provides a student with a quick assessment of understanding associated with a resource on our website. This one is intended to accompany the Standing Wave Maker simulation (above). Download the student activity sheet that goes with the simulation; work through the activity and then do the Concept Checker. It's a great way to further your learning.

Physics Classroom Tutorial, Vibrations and Waves Chapter, Lesson 4 - Traveling Waves vs. Standing Waves

When you need to quickly review, brush up, and revisit the ideas in the video, turn to the Physics Classroom Tutorial page that accompanies the video. This page contrasts traveling waves with standing waves and coordinates well with the first few slides of the video presentation.

Physics Classroom Tutorial, Vibrations and Waves Chapter, Lesson 4 - Formation of Standing Waves

Why and how do standing waves form? Review it here in our written Tutorial.