Glenbrook South Year-End Projects

Sight and Sound in Nature

Project Information Sheet


Your project involves a study of the physics involved in the production of sound and the detection of light and sound by animal species. Technical information about the ability of animals to produce sound and their ability to perceive the world through sight and hearing will be collected by means of background readings. The behavior of light and sound waves will be experimentally analyzed using computer-interfaced light and sound probes (or a computer-interfaced motion detector for ultrasound studies) and the results will be extended to the sensory ability of various animal species.


By the end of this project, you should be able to:


Your teacher will provide:


The student is responsible for:


Some KEYWORDS to use in a literature search:





Marine Acoustics

Acoustical Oceanography



Acoustic Propagation

Acoustic Tracking

Animal Vocalizations

Niche Hypothesis

Behavioral Ecology

Sensory Perception

Wave Refraction

Wave Diffraction

Wave Reflection

Wave Interference






Auditory Response






Internet Resources

Collaboration Ideas

IMC RESOURCES (placed on reserve):

General Information

A Source Book in Physics

530 M

Adventures in Physics

530 HIG

Experimenting with Science

507.8 GAR

Foundations of Modern Physics

530 HOL

How Things Work

530 CRA

Phenomenal Physics

530 SWA

Physics Projects for Young Scientists

530 GOO

The Story of Physics

530 MOT

The Project Physics course

530 RUT

The Complete Guide to...

797.1 EVA

Detailed Information about your specific topic:

A Guide to Bird Songs

598 S

Sensory Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays

597 HOP


597 SHA

How Animals See

591.1 SIN

Animal Navigation

591.1 WAT

Ears, Hearing and Balance

591.1 PAH


591 NIG

Animal Sounds

591 MAS

The Hunters

591.5 WHI

The Life and Death of Whales

599 BUR


Other IMC RESOURCES (not placed on reserve)

Science and physics encyclopedias and reference materials

Computers and CD-ROMs


Return to:


Sight and Sound in Nature Project

Project Home Page

Sight and Sound Project

Sight and Sound Links

Basic Research Qs

Collabor'n Ideas

The Lab Report

Project Pitfalls

Scoring Rubrics

Project Timeline

Other GBS Resources

GBS Physics Page

Physics 163 Page

Physics Projects Home Page

The Refrigerator

The Physics Classroom

Multimedia Physics Studios


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).

The GBS Physics staff invite you to send electronic mail:

Tom Henderson

Howard Jenewein

John Lewis

Neil Schmidgall

Dave Smith

Suzanne Webb

Brian Wegley

Questions and comments can be sent to Tom Henderson.

This page last updated on 2/22/98.