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ERIC Number: EJ932270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Just How Does Sound Wave?
Shipman, Bob
Primary Science Review, n93 p12-14 May-Jun 2006
When children first hear the term "sound wave" perhaps they might associate it with the way a hand waves or perhaps the squiggly line image on a television monitor when sound recordings are being made. Research suggests that children tend to think sound somehow travels as a discrete package, a fast-moving invisible thing, and not something that necessarily needs a medium such as air or water to "carry" it. In this article, the author shows how the use of simple modelling to illustrate how sound actually travels--and an easy extension to this to show how the sound wave image is derived--could help develop children's understanding and avoid possible misconceptions. (Contains 3 figures and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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