# Stations- Waves

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Materials:
Mirror
Flashlight
Pan of water
Small object
Procedure:
Play around with using the flashlight
and the mirror. See if you can use them
both to get the light to shine on the
ceiling. Describe or draw your set up
to make the light hit the ceiling.
See if you can make the light hit a wall
in the classroom. Describe or draw
your set up to make the light hit the
wall.
Hold the small object near the surface
of the water, without letting go.
Describe what you observe.
What do both of these explorations
have in common?
Materials:
• Clear cup or beaker with
water
• Straw
• Straw in Jell-O (do not
touch!)
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Procedure:
Look at the straw in the water. How
does the straw appear?
Look at the straw in the Jell-O. How
does the straw appear?
Compare the straw in the water to the
straw in the Jell-O. How do they appear
similarly?
Contrast the straw in the water to the
straw in the Jell-O. How do they appear
differently?
Materials:
• Flashlight
• Different pieces of
paper
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Procedure:
1. Shine the flashlight at a piece of white
computer paper. Look at the other side.
Describe what you observe.
2. Repeat this with all of the different
types of paper. Describe what you
observe for each.
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Two pencils
Clear tape
Mini Maglite flashlight
Procedure:
Unscrew the top of the flashlight so that the
bulb is exposed. Place on a surface so it is
standing uprightly, about an arm’s length away
from you.
Use a small clear piece of tape (if there isn’t
already) and wrap it around the part of the
pencil that is just below the eraser, where the
arrow indicates above.
Now hold up the pencils, side by side, with
the erasers at the top. There should be just
the slightest gap between them, due to the
tape. Hold about 1 inch from your eye and
look at the light source. Squeeze the pencils
even closer together and see what happens.
Describe what you observe.
Still looking at the light, slowly start turning
the pencils until they are horizontal. Describe
what you observe.
Materials:
• 2 marbles or other weights
• Bucket or pan half-full of water
Materials:
• Tuning forks, at least two of which must
be the same frequency
• Rubber mallet
Procedure:
1. Drop one marble into the pan. Describe
what you observe.
2. Drop both marbles into the pan on
opposite ends at the same time.
Describe what you observe.
3. Drop the marbles again, but this time
closer together. Describe what you
observe.
Procedure:
1. Strike one of the tuning forks. After a
few seconds, stop it with your hand.
Describe what you observe.
2. Have two tuning forks of the same
frequency standing upright. Strike one.
After a few seconds, stop it with your
hand. Describe what you observe.
3. Repeat #2 using two tuning forks of
different frequencies. Describe what
you observe.
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