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Wave on Wave


Source Institutions

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Wave on Wave

In this activity, learners use raisins and seltzer water to understand why waves don’t move objects forward. Learners conduct two simple experiments to understand the circular movement of waves.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • clear drinking glass
  • deeper clear glass jar
  • clear carbonated soda or seltzer water
  • 4–5 raisins
  • science journal
  • a 2-meter rope

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
    • Motion and Forces
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • NASA Center for Distance Learning, Office of Education at NASA’s Langley Research Center

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, ©2004

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