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Resonance is a quick and fun activity introducing and visualizing the concept of resonance. Students make 2 sets of 3 different sized circles out of construction paper and tape them to a piece of cardboard. They then shake that cardboard forward and backward on the table and based on speed (frequency) that the cardboard moves certain pairs of rings will move more than the other pairs. Students complete observations, ask questions about the activity, draw a model based on their observations, present the models, list the components of other groups models, refine their model based on provided background information and other groups models and lastly, complete CER (claim - evidence - reasoning) and analysis questions regarding the activity. Activity also introduces the idea of the resonance in buildings during earthquakes.
This activity supports *Next Generation Science Standard HS-PS4-1: Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.
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