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Acoustics: The Science of Sound (Physics)

In this unit, the goal of producing the best possible audio component for a media project serves as the context for learning about sound waves and about mechanical waves in general. Students learn about sound by through hands-on experiences, such as dissecting a speaker and measuring the speed of sound. They explore computer simulations of waves and use sound editing software to “see” sound waves.

Unit Project Description
Students create a sound effect by using sound editing software to manipulate sound waves and then write an explanation of what they did in terms of wave properties. They also collaborate with classmates in the production of a mini-encyclopedia, the Acoustipedia, for which they write articles that explain topics in audio production in terms of the properties and behavior of waves.

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