Grade Level

High School

Topics

Physics

Authors

Sanjay Yengul, Kate Wooley-Brown

Lesson Summary

 

In this activity, students learn how mechanical waves are helping to made advances in medicine. Students will apply their knowledge of mechanics to understanding a new technique and even to make disease diagnoses.

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the relationship between a mechanical wave’s speed and the medium through which it is traveling.
  • calculate a wave’s speed given frequency and wavelength.
  • describe medical applications of mechanical waves.

Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

SP2, SP5, SP8

MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):

HS-PS4-1, HS-PS4-5

NGSS (2013):

HS-PS4-1, HS-PS4-5

Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1  

Tags

elasticity, elastography, fibrosis, palpation, shear wave

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