Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.

Curriculum Corner: Wave Motion

Try our Curriculum Corner for a Think Sheet or a whole unit of Think Sheets and get your students thinking about waves. If the video is homework; then these are awesome next day starters. This is free curriculum for the taking. And for a few extra bucks, you can obtain the source documents and purchase a license to place them and any deriviative from them on your course management pages; see the Solutions Guide.


Calculator Pad, Vibrations and Waves, Problem Sets WM6 - WM9

Calculator Pad problem sets make for awesome problem-solving practice. They provide problems with random numbers, an answer field, and lots of help. Students enter an answer and have it checked; they can correct it if it's wrong. Problem Sets WM6 - WM9 includes problems of varying difficulty which require the use of the v = f•lambda equation. Each problem is accompanied by some form of help. 


Minds On Physics, Wave Motion: Mission WM4 - Wavelength, Frequency, and Speed

This is a great interactive mission to combine with the video.


Concept Builder: Waves and Sound - Rocking the Boat

This Concept Builder includes an analysis similar to that done near the end of the video on Slide 7. Students will receive immediate feedback and chances to correct answers when wrong.

Concept Builder: Waves and Sound - Matching Pairs - Wave Characteristics

Very few students fail to see the value in a Concept Builder. These interactive exercises provide ample ooportunity to put conceptual understandings to use. This one pertains to wave speed, wavelength, amplitude, frequency, and period. It is an exceptional review of this video and the two that came before it in our Tutorial Series on Vibrations and Waves.


Concept Builder: Waves and Sound - Waves: Case Studies

In this Concept Builder, students will learn how to predict the effect of wave properties and medium properties upon the speed and wavelength of a wave. It's great practice for the concepts in the last half of the video.


Physics Classroom Tutorial: Vibrations and Waves Chapter, Lesson 2 - The Wave Equation

Our written tutorial pages provide a thorough, easy-to-understand, common-sense approach to Physics topics. This particular page addresses the same topics covered in the video. As such, it makes a great reference for a quick check-up or clarification of an idea.