Chapters 14-19 in your physics textbook cover waves, sound, and light. We will cover these topics as a technology unit. Using the ibooks, you will access a variety of web sites based on these ideas. A number of sites are listed below. You may look for additional sites if you wish and have time.
TOPICS OF STUDY: The following areas of wave study should be included while researching this unit:
WAVES -- types, general characteristics, properties, related vocabulary.
SOUND -- type of wave, characteristics, pitch, intensity level, resonance, music relationships, doppler effect.
LIGHT -- properties, characteristics, history of the development of light theory, illumination, color.
SPECIAL PROPERTIES -- reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, polarization.
MIRRORS AND LENSES -- types, images formed, applications.
THE JOURNAL: You will be required to keep a journal as you study the wave web sites. This may be manual -- on paper, or as a Word document that will eventually be printed to hand in. Either way, you are responsible for maintaining it, having it available for spot checks as we go along, and handing it in for a final grade.
Your Journal should include several sections:
Vocabulary -- including definitions. You may also use diagrams where appropriate.
General Notes -- Notes should include basic information, characteristics, properties, mathematical formulas, laws, theories, historical development of related ideas, practical applications, etc. You might also include information shared in class by other students.
Activities -- Include ideas for hands-on activities, demonstrations, experiments, labs. You may also note online activities that you found particularly interesting or helpful. You should also note results of any activities carried out in class, including, of course, what produced / led to the results.
Test Questions -- As you work your way through the lessons, write down test questions pertaining to the information you have learned. You may use your choice of format, multiple choice, matching, short answer, true-false. Be sure to include the correct answer with each question. By the end of this unit, you should have a test bank of at least 40-50 questions.
While working on this technology unit, a great deal of our class time will be devoted to your online study. We will also do some sharing time. You should be prepared to share recent entries from your journal that you feel are important and interesting. This could include vocabulary, general notes, mathematical formulas and applications, and/or activities. During the course of this activity, I would like each student to provide at least one individual demonstration and plans for at least one class lab activity. Check to be sure any needed supplies and equipment are available. Extra points will given for good activities and sharing of particularly interesting topics.
Grading will be based on several areas:
Your Journal -- both spot checks and the final product.
Your Daily Class Work -- whether you were generally on task, whether you were making productive use of all your time, etc.
Your Sharing of Recent Areas of Study: vocab, basic info, mathematical formulas and applications.
Your Sharing of Activities.
Written Work that may be assigned as we progress.
A Final Test Grade.