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Chapter 14: Waves and Energy Transfer
Making Waves
Here is a summary of different types of waves, put together by a physics class at St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, New York. How are light waves similar and different from sound waves?

Particle Displacement and Wave Motion

This is an explanation of the two types of waves. View the animations for one and two dimensions of each wave and then describe the movement of a particle within the waves.

Freeware Simulations & Lessons in Physics, Science, Math, & Engineering
Download this freeware program that will allow you to manipulate amplitude, velocity, and frequency of a wave. How does each of these factors affect a wave?

Wave-Particle Duality and Diffraction
This page offers interactive explanations of the duel nature of waves and particles, and diffraction. View some of the QuickTime movies and see how these are related.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster
This page is devoted to the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster. Watch the short video clip of the "rubbery" bridge and explain how the wind shattered this concrete structure.

Cencal - Central California Earthquake Hazards Project
Here is a review of the geology behind earthquakes. What is being done to predict the "Big One" on the San Andreas Fault?

The Kobe Earthquake: One Year Later
Here is an assignment to learn more about the Kobe Earthquake in 1995 and how people recovered. Make your own presentation of this disaster using the links and resources from this page.


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