Learning objects Seeing with sound

TLF ID L1306

Explore how sound travels as a wave. Examine diagrams and simulations; answer questions about sound properties. Test the effects of changing wave properties: frequency, wavelength and amplitude. Transmit sounds in a range of mediums: air, water, steel or a vacuum. Find out how echolocation works. Measure speed and direction by using echo. This learning object is a combination of five objects in the same series.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students use a wave model to explain the behaviour of sound.
  • Students explore the basic properties of sound waves.
  • Students test the effects of varying sound wavelength, amplitude, frequency and medium density.
Educational value
  • Introduces sound as waves of energy caused by objects vibrating and causing particles to vibrate.
  • Students explore the basic properties of sound waves.
  • Students are guided by a series of short questions to view diagrams and simulate sound wave variations in a range of mediums.
  • Students recognise that sound travels faster in denser mediums.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Sound
    • Science/Energy forms
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Multiple choice questions;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Sydney NSW Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Colin Web
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith NSW Australia
    • URL: http://www.uws.edu.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 09 Oct 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.