# Physics, Music and Math: Graphing Waves Practice for English Language Learners

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In Physics class we are studying about sound waves. Often regents questions ask students to transform a wave and discuss how the change affects the sound. For example, a higher amplitude means a louder sound.

In this activity, the word "louder" would be a blank to be filled. Next the student has to come up with an example, "A ____is louder than a _________.

After that, students would graph two waves. One will have a higher amplitude than the other.

Next, students are asked to draw the pictures of the two objects they were comparing.

There are four sheets.

When the frequency is lower, the sound is lower.
When the frequency is higher, the sound is higher.
When the amplitude is lower, the sound is quieter.
When the amplitude is high, the sound is louder.

One thing I might change is to add a line for the labels of each axis.

This is a good activity for English Language Learners since it helps them with comparative words. For Example, "This is quieter than that." Students often tend to write "more quieter".

It also reinforces simple graphing.
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