Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite Edward F. Redish

Thinking Problems: Oscillations and Waves

 Problem Name Multiple-Choice/Short Answer Multiple-Choice/Multiple Response Representation Translation Ranking Tasks Mechanism-Based Reasoning Problems Estimation Problems Qualitative Questions Essay Questions O1. Where's the force? (*) X X O2. Swinging a (*) X X O3. Graphing a pulse on a string: 1 (*) X X X O4. Oscillating energies X X O5. Oscillating graphs (*) X X X O6. Motion in a standing wave X X X O7. Overlapping pulses (*) X X X O8. Displacement and velocity patterns in waves (*) X X X O9. Equations for sinusoidal waves (*) X O10. Pendulum graphs(*) X X X O11. Swingin' in the rain (*) X O12. To what angle? X O13. What's wrong with cos? O14. Where is the energy? X X O15. The damped oscillator X X O16. Catching a pellet and oscillating X O17. Bungee jump (*) X X O18. Waves and velocities X X O19. Making a pulse move (*) X O20. Comparing waves X O21. Combining pulses (*) X X O22. Moving a non-symmetric triangular pulse (*) X O23. Which wave is which? X X O24. Spring vs. string X O25. Parsing a pulse X O26. Modified harmonics X X O27. Spring vs. string: graphs X X X O28. Explaining the wave equation X O29. Propagating a Gaussian pulse X X O30. Varying a pulse (*) X X O31. Interpreting an oscillatory equation X X X O32. Reflecting on a textbook error X X O33. Building a pipe organ X X O34. Arranging the patio speakers X X O35. Graphing a pulse on a string: 2 (*) X X X O36. Moving with the pulse (*) X X O37. Cancelling pulses (*) X O38. The online mass-spring lab (*) X X X O39. Hanging mass on a spring X O40. Doing the wave X O41. Without missing a beat! (*) X X X O42. SHO Energies (*) X O43. Oscillating spring video (*) X X O44. Pulse at a boundary (*) X X O45. Explaining pulses X X O46. Mass hanging on a spring X O47. More moving pulses X O48. SHO Variables (*) X X O49. Oscillating difficulties (*) X O50. Comparing mass-spring and pendulum: 1 (*) X X X O51. Comparing mass-spring and pendulum: 2 (*) X O52. The on-line pendulum lab (*) X O53. Graphing a pulse - 3 (*) X O54. Adding pulses X X O55. Sinusoidal wave on a beaded string (*) X O56. Propagating a Gaussian pulse - 2 (*) X

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