This lab is an exploration of transverse and longitudinal waves. I use this lab before learning about seismic waves. This lab is very visual and hands-on and is useful for all ability levels in discerning the difference between the two types of waves. Stretchy springs are needed per pair of students to complete the lab. If resources are limited, it could also be completed as a demonstration with students following along with the lab sheet.
A half sheet of notes is provided. These notes are the perfect size for use in an interactive notebook.