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Seismic Waves and the Slinky: A Guide for Teachers
This teacher's guide is intended to provide suggestions on how to teach about seismic waves. It provides information on the types and properties of seismic waves and instructions for using some simple materials, especially the 'slinky', to demonstrate seismic wave characteristics and wave propagation. These activities can be performed by the students themselves, or as demonstrations by the teacher.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2000-2006 L. Braile. Permission granted for reproduction for non-commercial uses.
DLESE Catalog ID: EARTHQUAKE-000-000-010-170
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Explorations in Earth Science: Earth Science Education Demonstrations, Lessons and Activities'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Prof Lawrence W. Braile
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Purdue University