Building a Tidal Wave Attenuator

Wave Attenuator
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Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will describe and model the energy transfer and transformation in a wave attenuator.
2. Students will build a wave attenuator using a diagram and selected materials.
3. Students will test the model wave attenuator they built.

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2 hours 30 min
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This lesson is designed to build upon investigations of electromagnetic energy by applying these phenomena to transfer the kinetic energy moving in waves to electricity by building a wave attenuator.

Science Kit Material(s) Used:
Vernier LabQuest 2
Other Material(s) Used:
Galvanometer, Vernier instrumentation amplifier, 100-quart tote, a 2 liter soda bottle, needlenose pliers, scissors, hot glue gun, sandpaper, 90 cm magnet wire, rare earth magnet, foam, acrylic tubing, assorted nuts and bolts (specific listed in plan)