PHS 594: Modeling Workshop in Mechanical Waves & Sound 2018

Week 1                                               Daily calendar

June 11


    Distribute workshop materials


    Introduce leaders and participants

    Discuss workshop design and course expectations.

    Discuss lab reports

    Discuss relationships

Begin Unit 1

    Lab 1: Oscillating particle lab

-   Pre-lab

-   Calibrate 5 springs (To save time the springs have already been calibrated, I will give a quick demonstration of how to calibrate quickly.)

-   Take data for 3 purposes

-   Process data and prepare whiteboards

-   Whiteboard lab

-   Post-lab discussion


    Worksheets 1 and 1B of Unit 1

-   Answer questions and whiteboard

    Activity 1

-  Analysis of force, acceleration, velocity and position vs. time for an oscillating particle

-  Analysis of force vs. position

-  Post activity discussion

HW – Relationship Worksheet (Due at the beginning of class tomorrow)


June 12


    Whiteboard relationship worksheet

    Worksheet 2

-   Answer questions and whiteboard

    Activity 2

-   Energy vs. time for an oscillating particle (modeling horizontal oscillation)

-   Energy vs. position

-   Post activity discussion


    Worksheet 3

-   Answer questions and whiteboard

    Activity 2b, Energy changes for an oscillating particle with GPE

    Worksheet 4

-   Answer questions

HW – Work on notebook (To be turned in Monday after class) and formal lab report for Unit 1 paradigm lab (To be turned in Friday after class). Remember, you only are required to turn in 2 formal lab reports. This lab is one of the longer reports. If you write up more than 2 your best 2 will count.



June 13


     Whiteboard worksheet 4

     Activity 3,

-   Determine the relationship of period and frequency for an oscillation

-   Post-activity discussion

     Worksheet 5

-    Answer questions and whiteboard


     Optional Activity: Kinematic expressions for SHM in terms of trigonometric functions for mass/spring systems

-   Begin Kinematic Equation Activity


HW – Unit 1 Test (Due at beginning of class Friday)


June 14


     Finish Kinematic Equation Activity

     Worksheet 6

-   Answer questions and whiteboard

     Unit 1 practicum

     Activity 4, Extension of OP model to transverse displacement

     Wrap up unit 1


Begin Unit 2

     Demonstration 1: Coupled oscillating particles

     Activity 1: Pulses on springs- Pulse Race Activity

     Worksheet 1 of Unit 2

-    Answer questions and whiteboard

     Demonstrations – Fixed and free end reflection, waves at a boundary of two media

     Worksheet 2 of Unit 2


HW – Read Unit 1 teacher notes and write reflections on unit 1 (Due with notebook Monday)


June 15


     Hand out answer keys and discuss unit 1 test

     Whiteboard worksheet 2

     Demonstration 4: Interaction of pulses

     Worksheet 3 of Unit 2

-    Answer questions and whiteboard

HW: Problem set 1 (Due next Friday), Get notebook ready to turn in Monday after class.

Turn in the formal write up of the oscillation lab if you did it.

Week 2


June 18

(Day 6)


    Talk about lab write-ups

    Finish up worksheet 3

- Project answers and pass around answer keys

     Discuss traveling waves and develop behavior and reasoning for standing waves

     Pass out flipbook sheets and clips and show flipbook

      Paradigm Lab 2: Determine the relationship of the wavelength and the frequency of a wave and the relationship of the frequency and number of antinodes on a string

-   Whiteboard lab

     Work on wave drivers

    Discuss low tech method for standing waves lab.


     Unit 2 Worksheet 5

- Answer questions and whiteboard

     Paradigm Lab 3: Relationship of speed of waves on a string and the tension in the string, speed of waves on a string and the linear density of the string

- Make whiteboards

HW – Work on Paradigm Lab 2 write-up (Due Friday)


June 19

(Day 7)


     Whiteboard tension/linear density lab

     Unit 2, worksheet 6

-   Answer questions and whiteboard

     Unit 2 practicum


Begin Unit 3 (sound)

     Longitudinal pulses, waves, standing waves

     Longitudinal applet and candle clip

     Speed of sound in air mini-lab and discussion

     Introduce the concept of resonance

    Play with singing rods, Chladni plates

HW – Work on paradigm Lab 3 write-up (Due Monday although you may hand in earlier)


June 20

(Day 8)


     Tacoma Narrows video

     Worksheet 1 of Unit 3

-   Answer questions and whiteboard

     Determine the relationship of the tube length and the resonant frequency


     Demo/Discussion: Resonance and standing waves in tubes

     Big open tube demo

     Worksheet 2 of Unit 3

-   Answer questions and whiteboard

     Speed of sound Lab with Practicum

HW - Read teacher notes for Unit 2 and write reflection on Unit 2 (Due Monday)

- Take Mechanical Waves diagnostic test if you have not already done it (Due tomorrow)




June 21

(Day 9)


     Whiteboard Mechanical Waves diagnostic test

     Sound Activity (pitch, beats, harmonics, loudness)

     Deployment activities for beats and other sound phenomena

     Doppler effect demonstrations and derivation of equation

     Unit 3, Worksheet 3

-   Answer questions and whiteboard


     Reflection in ripple tank

     2D representations

     Reflection pin lab

HW –Michael Wittmann readings and reflection (Due Monday)


June 22

(Day 10)


     Get equations for plane mirror reflection

     Do Unit 4 worksheet 1 and whiteboard

     Introduce refraction

     Refraction on two strings

     Refraction in ripple tank

     Laser into aquarium

**Turn in two labs and problem set 1

HW – Read teacher notes for Unit 3 and write reflection (Due Monday)

Get notebook ready to turn in Monday after class



Week 3


June 25

(Day 11)


     Unit 4 worksheet 2 (qualitative refraction)

- Answer questions and whiteboard

     Relationship of incident and refracted semi-chords

     Derive Snells Law from lab

     Define index of refraction

     Refraction ray tracing

     Critical angle discussion and demos

     Laser through plastic and through semicircular dish



     Do unit 4 worksheet 3 (quantitative refraction)

- Answer questions and whiteboard

     Class Practicum on refraction

     Introduce lenses

     Begin Paradigm Lab 4: Convex Lens lab

    Take data for real and virtual images

HW – Problems 1 and 2 of problem set (Due Friday)

Turn in paradigm lab 3 (If you have not turned it in yet)


June 26

(Day 12)


     Finish Convex Lens lab

    Evaluate data (Save your data file)

    Whiteboard Lab and discuss relationships

    Discuss alternate method of processing data and make graph

     Discuss lens diagrams and principle rays

We will break at 11:30 to give you time to get a lunch if needed. At 12:00 noon Kelli Gamez-Warble has a 1-hour presentation on Step Up 4 Women.

About the presentation:

Attendees will engage in a Careers in Physics lesson in student mode and debrief in teacher mode as in any typical modeling workshop. (In my opinion, this lesson is usable right now in any high school physics class and a great way to get students thinking about their college and career goals through the lens of physics. Those who attend can receive the materials.)


They will then be given an overview of the research behind the lesson and of the other lesson plan to be available from STEP UP 4 Women (on Discussing Underrepresentation and unconscious biases--again through a physics lens.)


Note these materials are NOT YET publically available. AMTA is getting access to pilot materials as the STEP UP 4 Women team decides the best way to launch the national initiative (set for January 2019). And only a few AMTA sites will see materials now (ASU and the Ohio Conference attendees.)


     Do Unit 4 worksheet 4 (qualitative lens worksheet)

- Geoffrey presents Pear Deck

- Answer questions and whiteboard

     Do Unit 4 worksheet 5 (quantitative lens worksheet)

- Whiteboard worksheet 5

HW – Lens lab write-up if needed (Due Friday)

Problem set question 4 (Due Friday)




June 27

(Day 13)


     Do focal length of concave lens

     Class practicum on lenses

     Wave Tank Activity: Diffraction

     Wave Tank Activity: Interference

     Waves Unit 4 Worksheet 6: Interference (qualitative)

- Answer questions and whiteboard

     Develop Youngs Equation


     Do double slit analysis activity

     Part 1 of Interference Lab: Calibrate diffraction grating

HW – Read teacher notes and do reflection on Unit 4 up to color (Due Friday)

– Problem 3 of problem set (Due Friday)

- Make sure notebook will be ready to turn in tomorrow after class


June 28

(Day 14)


     Part 2 of Interference Lab: Check spectra of Mercury

     Part 3 of Interference Lab: Get unknown spectral line

     Waves Unit 4 Worksheet 7: Interference (quantitative)

- Answer questions and whiteboard


     Interference Practicum

     Introduce color

     Unit 4 worksheet 8: Color

- Answer questions and whiteboard

Turn in course notebook after class


June 29

(Day 15)


     Thin film interference

     Waves Unit 4 Worksheet 9: Thin film interference

- Answer questions and whiteboard

    Waves Post-test, course evaluation, final paperwork

    Drawings for door prizes and items Michael does not want to take back home

Turn in paradigm lab 4 if needed

Turn in problem set 2

Turn in unit 4 reflection