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Slinky and Waves
The Slinky and Wave exercise is an interactive lecture that explains how to use a Slinky to demonstrate motion of P- and S-waves, wave reflection and standing waves. The demonstration is designed for use in an introductory geoscience course where wave properties are important such as geology, oceanography, or atmospheric sciences. The site includes teaching materials on P- and S-waves, standing waves and seismic waves. Also outlined in the site are teaching tips, assessment information and additional references. This activity is part of the Starting Point Collection:
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Tutorial
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restriction Information Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-037
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Robert M. Mackay
Clark College