Glenbrook South Year-End Projects

Sight and Sound in Nature

Basic Research Questions

 

Your role as researcher for this project involves acquiring a wealth of technical information about the ability of animals to produce sound and the ability to perceive the world through sight and hearing. The process of conducting a literature search should yield some basic information about waves, wave behavior, sound, light, ray optics, hearing mechanisms, and vision. Some basic topics for research and ultimate discussion have been listed below to assist you in the initial stages of your literature search. The role of this listing is to provide an initial framework for your literature search and not a conclusive list of topics to be discussed. Your group is expected to go beyond these topics, exploring diverse areas of individual interest about sight and sound in nature.

  1. Explain what a wave is and distinguish it from other forms of energy transfer.
  2. Define and distinguish between the different ways of categoring waves.
  3. Using words and diagrams, describe the various properties of a wave.
  4. Using words and diagrams, describe a variety of behaviors and phenomenon associated with waves, including such behaviors and phenomenon as interference, superposition, the doppler effect, the formation of bow waves and shock waves, diffraction, refraction, reflection, and absorption.
  5. Describe the basic nature of a sound wave.
  6. Explain how sound waves are produced and how sound waves are propagated through a medium such as air or water.
  7. Describe the various properties of sound waves and relate these properties to the observable features of sound.
  8. Explain the physical mechanisms by which humans and other animal species hear; identify and discuss some interesting peculiarities associated with specific species' hearing ability; associate these peculiarities with the biological habits and behavior of these species.
  9. Explain the physical mechanisms by which humans and other animal species produce sounds; identify and discuss some interesting peculiarities associated with specific species' ability to produce sound; associate these peculiarities with the biological habits and behavior of these species.
  10. Describe the basic nature of a light wave.
  11. Explain how light waves are produced and how light waves are propagated through various media and through space.
  12. Describe the various properties of light waves and relate these properties to the observable features of sound.
  13. Discuss the electromagnetic spectrum and relate the infrared, ultraviolet, and visible regions to the ability of animals (including humans) to see.
  14. Explain the physical mechanisms by which humans and other animal species see; identify and discuss some interesting peculiarities associated with specific species' vision; associate these peculiarities with the biological habits and behavior of these species.

 


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This project was originally written as part of the Multimedia Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. This learning project and those like them were funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).



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This page last updated on 2/22/98.