Physics: Light, Sound & Pressure (age 14-18) eBook

Lesson plan and student worksheets


Data Harvest

Product Description

This is a comprehensive collection of 24 practical datalogging activities for ages 14-18, supported by detailed teacher's notes. Including both traditional and modern investigations, these activities provide reliable data from which patterns and trends can be explored. 

This eBook, as part of the Secondary Teaching Materials (10 ebooks), contains:

  • The full eBook (PDF) of all the experiment worksheets and teachers notes.
  • Every worksheet and teacher note as a separate PDF
  • Setup files to match these experiments are included in the EasySense1 software

Topics include:

  • Inverse square law
  • Polarisation of light
  • Young’s interference experiments
  • Gas laws
  • Standing waves in sound
  • Superposition of waves
  • Resonance
  • Sounds
  • Transistors
  • LCR circuits



        The activities include:

        • Reflectivity
        • How does the intensity of light change with the distance from the light?
        • Polarised sunglasses
        • Investigating interference: Single slit diffraction
        • Investigating interference: Young's double slit experiment
        • Infrared in the spectrum
        • An experimental estimation of Planck's constant
        • Fast light
        • The big squeeze
        • How does pressure change with height?
        • How does pressure change with depth and density?
        • Pressure and heat
        • What happens to the temperature of a gas if the pressure is changed?
        • Boyle's Law (P+V)
        • Temperature volume relationship in a gas
        • Pressure temperature relationship of a gas – estimating absolute zero
        • Dalton's law of partial pressures
        • Determination of R. the gas constant
        • Speed of sound in air (time difference between two sensors)
        • Speed of sound in a solid (by time difference between two sensors)
        • Speed of sound in air (by reflection/echo)
        • Speed of sound in air (by timing)
        • Investigating waves and sounds
        • Investigating sounds. How does a musical instrument affect the sound made?
        • Investigating waves. Superposition and Fourier analysis
        • Interference in sound waves (using snapshot)
        • Interference in sound waves (using a Motion sensor)
        • Investigating resonance in a pipe
        • Investigating resonance in a pipe (using a Rotary Motion sensor)
        • Voice recognition (Biometrics)

          Sensors used include:

          • Light Level (3124)
          • Gas Pressure (3139 and 3141, 3142)
          • Voltage (3160 or 3160-12)
          • Current (3166)
          • Sound Level (3175)
          • Motion (3270)
          • Infrared (3278)
          • Rotary Motion (3280)
          • Rotary Motion Accessories (3288)