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Resonance Tube

A sine wave generator drives an open speaker to create a standing sound wave in a resonance tube. The driving frequency and the length of the...

College / Physics

Speed of Sound in Air

Measure the speed of sound in air using a tube that is closed at one end. Use a Sound Sensor to record the initial pulse of sound and its echo....

College / Physics

Superposition of Sound Waves

Two waves and their sum are created in the Capstone calculator and the effects of changing phases and amplitudes are examined in a graph.

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Interference of Sound Waves

Measure and analyze the behavior of two sounds that combine to produce beats. Determine the relationship between the beat frequency and the frequencies...

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Shadow and Color in Light

Use the Color Mixer to learn how three colors of light - red, blue, and green - add together to create a full range of colors. Examine how color...

College / Physics

Object and Image Distances Thin Lens

Determine the relationship between object distance and image distance for a thin convex lens. Use a light source, optics bench, lens, and viewing...

College / Physics

Reflection

Experimentally confirm the Law of Reflection for flat, concave, and convex mirrors.

College / Physics

Refraction

Use Snell’s Law of refraction to experimentally determine the index of refraction of a D-shaped acrylic lens.

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Dispersion

Observe dispersion through an acrylic rhomboid and calculate the different indices or refraction for different colors of light.

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Focal Length of a Concave Mirror

Use a light source, concave mirror, and half screen accessory on an optics bench to measure the focal length of the concave mirror.

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