Weasels: The Perfect Sound
Purpose Of The Project
The project uses the concepts of algebra (formula) and physics (energy
and resistance) to tackle a real-life problem (setting up a sound system).
Students must be able to use the Internet to find the needed data as well
as basic word processing programs to type the project.
Teacher Steps To Prepare
The teacher must research basic concepts of resistance, energy, and
sound, and be familiar with physics and music terms. He/she will need
to look up relevant data and familiarize themselves with the questions.
The students participate in lessons on energy and resistance and the
resistance formula. They are then introduced to the workings of a sound
system and the dilemma facing a fictitious band--The Flaming Weasels.
They then create a journal for this band and prepare a presentation to
the class of their research and findings.
Students are tested on the definitions they have been given and their
ability to use the resistance formula to solve basic problems. However,
the majority of the grade will be based on the presentation that is to
be judged by their peers.
Standards Addressed By This Unit
Standards addresses are the connection between math and science, and
the connection between these two subjects and "the real world."
Teacher Technology Skills Required
The teacher must be adept at both searching the Internet and Web design.
Student Technology Skills Required
Students must be able to search the Internet and use a word processing
Software Materials Used
Materials used include MS FrontPage, MS Word, and a physics textbook.
Related links are included on the Web page. They lead to the data needed
to solve the problems given to the students.
Answer key included. (working on it)