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139 W 91st Street

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Waves and Sound Modeling Workshop

Led by​: Michael Crofton and Michael Zitolo

Attention high school physics teachers join us for a fantastic Modeling Instruction™ workshop led by some of the best, most experienced, and most influential Physics Modelers.

The Waves and Sound Modeling Workshop will focus on all of the topics that are relevant and accessible as part of a typical algebra-based, high school physics course. Participants are required to have previously taken the Modeling Mechanics workshop. This Workshop will follow the Modeling approach quite closely, with participants alternating between student mode (performing paradigm experiments in groups, developing models, whiteboarding, reporting and discussing results, …) and teacher mode (considering content, pedagogy, classroom management, …). Much of the workshop will be upper high school level but many activities will be applicable to 9th grade students.

Unit 1: The Oscillating Particle. In this unit we develop the model of an oscillating particle, its causal force model, the restoring force, along with its kinematical model, simple harmonic motion. We will develop graphical and mathematical representations by experimentally studying the motion of masses oscillating vertically on springs. Energy considerations are also studied.

Unit 2: Mechanical Waves in 1-Dimension. We begin by connecting a string of particles together with springs to help develop the model of a wave being a disturbance propagated through the connected particles as they oscillate. We move on to study the behavior of transverse and longitudinal pulses as they move and reflect. After establishing pulse behavior, we use standing waves on a string to experimentally develop the wave velocity equation relating frequency and wavelength. We finish by experimentally developing the relationship of the velocity of waves on a string and the linear density of the string along with the relationship of the velocity and the tension in the string. In this unit participants will have the opportunity to build inexpensive (approximately $25) wave drivers which they can take with them.

Unit 3: Sound. The model of sound being a pressure wave caused by longitudinally oscillating particles is developed. We study the concept of resonance and the factors necessary for it in tubes, on strings, and on rods. We use microphones connected to computers to study beats, harmonics, pitch and loudness. We finish the unit with the Doppler Effect.

Unit 4: Mechanical Waves in 2-Dimensions. We study reflection, refraction, diffraction and two-slit interference. Initially the wave properties are investigated using wave (ripple) tanks. After introducing the phenomena in the wave tank we will move on to light to further investigate the properties. Although light is not a mechanical wave it is much easier to study these phenomena using light.

In each unit we will use applets, practicums, probes, many demonstrations, and deployment activities.

At the end of the course teachers will be given digital copy of the latest version of all teacher notes, worksheets, labs and tests developed for the Modeling approach to Waves and Sound.

Plus you will receive a FREE 1-year membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association, which will give you online access to all content materials - a plethora of other science resources for you and your students to enjoy.


The workshop will run for 3 weeks. The workshop sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Monday - Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional 'TGIF' social hour from 3:30 to 4:30.

Location: Trinity School

Trinity is at W 91st & Columbus; entrance is on W 91st St. just west of Columbus. Nearest subways are #1 at W 86 & Broadway, #2 & #3 at W 96 and Broadway, and the B & C at W 86 and Central Park West and W 96 and CPW.

*Note, this workshop requires a minimum number of participants. In the event there are not enough participants, the workshop may be cancelled, and all tuition would be refunded.


Full Ticket Price $1050

Full Ticket prices are for participants who receive financial support (from their school, district or other organization) to attend this workshop. See links below to download an invoice template which can be found on the following registration page. Email questions to Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org.


Districts/Schools, to request an invoice for a STEMteachersNYC 2018 Summer Workshop, please fill out a quick survey at: http://stemteachersnyc.org/po-invoice/ This is a required step in order to process your request. Any questions please contact registration@stemteachersnyc.org

Please send Purchase Orders (POs) to our Billing Office

Via Email: billing@stemteachersnyc.org

OR Via US Mail: STEMteachersNYC - Billing Office 245 West 107th Street, Suite 10B New York, NY 10025

Teachers! Ask your school to pay for your ticket! All the school needs to do is send us a Purchase Order (PO). Please fill out a quick survey at: http://stemteachersnyc.org/po-invoice/ Or just copy and paste the information above and let them know the workshop you want to attend. Don't be afraid to ask. There's always a chance the money will be available and they'll say yes, but if you don't ask, there's no chance at all.

Teacher Discounted Ticket $750

Ticket Discounted Tickets are for teachers who are paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.

Early Bird Ticket Price $600

Early Bird Ticket Prices are for teachers who register early (before May 15th), and are paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.

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Please note: We take photographs and record video of our workshops in order to publicize a positive image of science teaching, and of STEMteachersNYC - a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you register, you are agreeing to be photographed and to have your voice and image video-recorded. You are also agreeing to relinquish all your rights to the photographs and video recordings.

If you do not wish to be photographed or video-recorded - you must inform us at check-in. We will take one photograph of your face so that we can erase your image if we happen to catch it by chance during the workshop, and we will do our best to avoid you. We would also appreciate your cooperation in positioning yourself at the edge of the group so as to help us avoid you.

Also note: Workshop leaders are subject to change.

Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering.


Is STEMteachersNYC an approved NYC DOE CTLE Vendor?

Yes. STEMteachersNYC is a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#STE-068881). New York State Teachers will receive a CTLE certificate at the end of the workshop. (CTLE ID # 23385)

Is there nearby lodging?

Yes, Please visit our website at: http://stemteachersnyc.org/lodging/ to view many possible options.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about registration and payments for this event should be addressed to STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org).

I am interested in taking more than one workshop. Can I register for multiple workshops?

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Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee refundable?

Refunds for the balance of the full workshop fee must be requested within one (1) week of payment and at least four (4) weeks before the start of the workshop. All such requests must be accompanied by an acceptable, documented explanation. Judgments about acceptability of explanations and documentation, and about whether or not a refund will be issued are at the sole discretion of STEMteachersNYC and are final. Refunds will not include fees charged on the initial payment by Eventbrite, credit cards, and/or banks.

Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

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Can I update my reservation information?

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