Academic Standard

Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
9 to 12
Subject = Physics
Standing on the seashore, it is somewhat incredible to consider that the waves rolling in may have been generated hundreds of miles away, and yet the water molecules through which the waves travel havent moved very far at all. Ocean waves are just one example of waves, which are defined as disturbances or perturbations that can travel very long distances from their points of origin with little or no net displacement of the medium through which they travel. Our ears are sensitive detectors of sound waves. When we listen to music, or talk to a friend, we respond to the complex patterns of frequency and amplitude inherent in natural sound, and interpret them. Conceptual StrandUnderstanding sound and light is accomplished by investigating wave behavior.Guiding QuestionHow do the properties of mechanical waves, sound, and light explain the behavior of waves?
Elements within this Standard
Course Level Expectation
Explore conditions associated with how waves carry energy and simple harmonic motion.
Investigate Hookes law.
Understand wave mechanics.
Examine the Doppler Effect.
Explore the characteristics and properties of sound.
Check For Understanding
Investigate simple harmonic motion
Investigate and analyze wavelength, frequency, period, and amplitude of longitudinal and transverse waves.
Describe a wave interaction as reflection, refraction, diffraction, or interference.
Explore Hookes Law.
Investigate reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference of sound waves.
Compare mechanical and electromagnetic waves.
Explain the Doppler Effect
Determine the speed of sound experimentally and describe the effects various materials and temperatures on sound transmission.
Measure spring constants.
Solve problems related to wave length, frequency, period, and speed.
Determine the speed of sound experimentally using various materials and temperatures.
Describe simple harmonic motion.
Compare the wave characteristics of natural auditory phenomena.
State Performance Indicator
Identify parts of standing wave (nodes, antinodes, fundamental, numeric harmonics, and overtones).
Identify parts of mechanical waves (wavelength, frequency, period, crest, trough, and amplitude.)
Select the type of mechanical waves that apply to common waves (sound, water, earthquake, etc.)
Differentiate among the wave interactions of reflection, refraction, diffraction, or interference (constructive and destructive interferences).
Solve sound problems related to speed of sound in air and airs temperature.
Solve problems related to wavelength, frequency, period, and speed using the formula card.
Solve problems related to Hookes law.