Testing a Tidal Wave Attenuator

Wave Attenuator
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1. Students will investigate variables that may affect the output of an energy conversion device (wave attenuator).
2. Students will interpret data to identify which variables increase electrical output for these model wave attenuators.
3. Students will communicate results from scientific inquiry to identify factors that are important to optimizing the design of a wave attenuator.

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5 hours 40 min
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Students will test the efficiency of the tidal wave attenuator models that they previously built. They will determine variables on their models they can manipulate, such as wire gauge and magnet strength, and measure the effects of manipulating this variable on the success of their design. They will report their findings in a presentation to the class.

Science Kit Material(s) Used:
Vernier LabQuest 2
Other Material(s) Used:
Same as lesson 2