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ERIC Number: EJ912875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Digitizing Sound: How Can Sound Waves Be Turned into Ones and Zeros?
Vick, Matthew
Physics Teacher, v48 n7 p468-470 Oct 2010
From MP3 players to cell phones to computer games, we're surrounded by a constant stream of ones and zeros. Do we really need to know how this technology works? While nobody can understand everything, digital technology is increasingly making our lives a collection of "black boxes" that we can use but have no idea how they work. Pursuing scientific literacy should propel us to open up a few of these metaphorical boxes. High school physics offers opportunities to connect the curriculum to sports, art, music, and electricity, but it also offers connections to computers and digital music. Learning activities about digitizing sounds offer wonderful opportunities for technology integration and student problem solving. I used this series of lessons in high school physics after teaching about waves and sound but before optics and total internal reflection so that the concepts could be further extended when learning about fiber optics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A