Age range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 30-59 mins
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  • D&T
  • Physics

Sound velocity

How fast does sound travel?

From founding communications, such as the fire beacon, to being able to communicate with space, there is no denying that developments in communication have advanced at a rapid speed. This topic presents students with communications of the past, present and future, helping them to understand the principles that form the basis for these developments.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

This engaging activity allows students to investigate the velocity of sound. Two methods, a direct method and an ICT based method, are proposed.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Activity overview

Sound velocity activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.

Handout

Handout

Sound velocity - student handout looking at sound velocity via an echo.

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