Monday 29 March 2010

Waves in the Earth Part 1- the slinky simulation

The latest ELI+ activity is 'Waves in the Earth 1 - the slinky simulation' The slinky spring is a well known aid in teaching the physics of wave motion but in this Earthlearningidea, it is applied to the transmission of earthquake waves through the Earth. Longitudinal (P) and transverse (S) waves can be demonstrated very easily with the spring. As always, with Earthlearningideas, the science behind the activity is explained clearly and concisely in the 'Back-up'.
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