Interaction of waves
Interaction of waves

Interaction of waves

I can explain how waves are reflected and interact with one another.

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Students how waves can interact with the environment around them. They will learn how waves can be reflected and refracted depending on their surroundings. They will also learn how waves interfere with each other through constructive or deconstructive interference.



Learning objective

Students will be able to explain how waves are reflected and interact with one another.


First, students will participate in a short activity involving tying a rope to a doorknob and shaking the rope. They will then discuss their observations with a partner.


Students will learn how waves are reflected. They will learn that light and sound waves can also be reflected. They will also discuss when refraction occurs. They will then do a refraction activity with a glass of water and an image. Students will do a think-pair-share about interference of waves. They'll learn about constructive and destructive interference.


Review reflection, refraction, and interference with 5 true/false and 5 multiple-choice questions.


Students will recall what they learned about the interaction of waves and complete an exit ticket.

Instruction materials

- rope
- door with handle
- glass of water
- picture

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