ERIC Number: EJ1083312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Modeling the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami for Introductory Physics Students
DiLisi, Gregory A.; Rarick, Richard A.
Physics Teacher, v44 n9 p585-588 Dec 2006
In this paper we develop materials to address student interest in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. We discuss the physical characteristics of tsunamis and some of the specific data regarding the 2004 event. Finally, we create an easy-to-make tsunami tank to run simulations in the classroom. The simulations exhibit three dramatic signatures of tsunamis, namely, as a tsunami moves into shallow water its amplitude increases, its wavelength and speed decrease, and its leading edge becomes increasingly steep as if to "break" or "crash." Using our tsunami tank, these realistic features were easy to observe in the classroom and evoked an enthusiastic response from our students.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Physics, Oceanography, Student Interests, Simulation, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Kinetics, Motion, Teaching Methods, Science Materials, Material Development
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