FOSS - Physics of Sound

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Grade: 3
Type: Physical Science
In this unit students are expected to

• Observe and compare sounds to develop discrimination ability.
• Communicate with others using a "drop code."
• Learn that sound originates from a source that is vibrating and is detected at a receiver such as the human ear.
• Observe and compare how sound travels through solids, liquids, and air.
• Understand the relationship between the pitch of a sound and the physical properties of the sound source (i.e. length of vibrating object, frequency of the vibrations, or tension of vibrating string).
• Compare methods to amplify sound at the source and at the receiver.
• Use knowledge of the physics of sound to solve simple sound challenges.
• Acquire the vocabulary associated with the physics of sound.
• Exercise language and math skills in the context of the physics of sound.
• Develop and refine the manipulative skills required for investigating sound.
• Collaborate in working on mini-activities.
• Gain experiences that will contribute to their understanding of several pervasive themes that relate one scientific idea to another: Pattern, Structure, and Interaction.

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