The Doppler Effect and Supersonic Travel - A Physics Lesson Package

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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  1. This physics package includes a full lesson set for a complete unit on Waves and Sound. Within the unit package, you'll find the lessons, activities, and a full, day-by-day breakdown on how I teach this unit in my own classroom. By purchasing this unit vs. purchasing the resources individually, you
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The Doppler Effect and Supersonic Travel. The lesson explains the Doppler Effect as well as the Doppler Shift and how it can be used in many applications such as in Astronomy (Redshift/Blueshift) and Radar. The lesson teaches students how to calculate Observed Frequency and Mach Speed. Lastly it looks at Supersonic Travel including the creation of Vapor Cones and Sonic Booms. The lesson also includes multiple "Check Your Understanding" slides which contain practice questions (answers are included on the teacher version. There are 6 videos embedded right into the lesson. Simply view the lesson in slideshow mode and click the video image. The video will automatically open in your browser. To ensure quality and reliability of the videos, each one is embedded on my site so that I can keep them updated and replace them if needed.

The PowerPoint contains diagrams, examples and explanations. It includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the PowerPoint) and 6 videos. I have used this lesson in my own classroom with great success.

Included in the lesson package is:

- The teacher version of the PowerPoint

- The student version of the PowerPoint

- 6 embedded videos

- Student lesson handout

In order, the lesson covers:

- The Doppler Effect

- Calculating Observed Frequency

- The Doppler Shift

- Redshift and Blueshift

- Supersonic Travel

- Mach Speed

- Sonic Boom

The student version of the PowerPoint contains multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lesson. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.

Within my complete Waves and Sound Unit you can find the following lesson packages:

- Lesson 1 - Waves - An Introduction

- Lesson 2 - Waves - Transmission, Reflection and Interference

- Lesson 3 - Standing Waves

- Lesson 4 - Sound, Sound Energy and Speed

- Lesson 5 - Hearing and the Human Ear

- Lesson 6 - The Doppler Effect and Supersonic Travel

The entire Waves and Sound Unit can be purchased at a 32% discount BY CLICKING HERE

Please view the Preview File to obtain a sense of my style, see how my power point lesson is structured and evaluate my work.

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Total Pages
20 for each version
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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