Lesson Plan: Comparing Transverse and Longitudinal Waves Physics
This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to identify the differences and similarities between transverse and longitudinal waves in terms of amplitude, wavelength, and period.
Students will be able to
- classify waves as transverse or longitudinal in terms of the relation between wave propagation direction and direction of motion of particles in the wave,
- identify the periodicity of compression and rarefaction in a longitudinal wave as a graph of density versus time or distance, represented by a transverse waveform,
- represent the periodicity of compression and rarefaction in a longitudinal wave as a graph of density versus time or distance as a transverse waveform,
- explain what is meant by the medium of a wave,
- recognize wave motion that consists of both transverse and longitudinal components,
- identify features of wave motion common to transverse and longitudinal waves.
Students should already be familiar with
- periodic motion.
Students will not cover
- calculations of wave motion.