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KS3 Lesson Starters - Physics: Sound

These KS3 and KS4 lesson starters will get your class thinking about sound, frequencies and how it travels.

The videos are presented here in a full length version and in shorter clips, which you can use to introduce the different topics to your students.

Full length video

KS3 Physics - Sound

  • Trevor Cox, professor of acoustics at the University of Salford, presents a series of engaging lesson starters about how sound is made and its effect on the objects around us.

Clips

Sound Through a Medium: Wobbling Bubbles

  • A demonstration of how sound needs a medium to pass through.

Sound Through a Medium: Flickering Candles

  • A short clip which features a demonstration of how sound needs a medium to pass through.

Sound Through a Medium: Shattering a Glass

  • A short demonstration on how sounds are made, ideal for use as a lesson starter in KS3/4 science.

Sound : Waveforms - Four Octaves

  • A short demonstration on waveforms, ideal for use as a lesson starter on sound.

Sound: Hearing and the Ear - The Confusaphone

  • A short clip featuring a simple demonstration of how we humans hear sounds in stereo

Sound: Sonic Boom - Cracking the Whip

  • A demonstration of how a sonic boom is produced. Ideal for use as a lesson starter on sound and can be used at KS3/4.

Sound: Materials - Brick and Foam

  • A clip featuring a demonstration of how musical instruments sound different when they are played in different environments.

Sound Using Body Parts

  • Demonstrating how body parts can be used to make different kinds of sound.

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