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ERIC Number: EJ984068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 1
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Improving Students' Understanding of Waves by Plotting a Displacement-Time Graph in Class
Wei, Yajun
Physics Teacher, v50 n4 p234 Apr 2012
The topic of waves is one that many high school physics students find difficult to understand. This is especially true when using some A-level textbooks used in the U.K., where the concept of waves is introduced prior to the concept of simple harmonic oscillations. One of the challenges my students encounter is understanding the difference between displacement-time graphs and displacement-position graphs. Many students wonder why these two graphs have the same sinusoidal shape. Having the students use multimedia simulations allows them to see, in a hands-on fashion, the relationship between the two graphs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom