Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects

Sight and Sound in Nature

Project Information Sheet


Project:

Your project involves a study of the physics involved in the production of sound and the detection of light and sound by animal species. Technical information about the ability of animals to produce sound and their ability to perceive the world through sight and hearing will be collected by means of background readings. The behavior of light and sound waves will be experimentally analyzed using computer-interfaced light and sound probes (or a computer-interfaced motion detector for ultrasound studies) and the results will be extended to the sensory ability of various animal species.

 

By the end of this project, you should be able to:

 

Your teacher will provide:

 

The student is responsible for:

 

Some KEYWORDS to use in a literature search:

Acoustics

Bioacoustics

Audiospectrograms

Spectrograms

Marine Acoustics

Acoustical Oceanography

Sonar

Echolation

Acoustic Propagation

Acoustic Tracking

Animal Vocalizations

Niche Hypothesis

Behavioral Ecology

Sensory Perception

Wave Refraction

Wave Diffraction

Wave Reflection

Wave Interference

Optics

Sight

Vision

Perception

Hearing

Auditory Response

Whales

Birds

Dolphins

Bats

Insects


Internet Resources

Collaboration Ideas


IMC RESOURCES (placed on reserve):

General Information

A Source Book in Physics

530 M

Adventures in Physics

530 HIG

Experimenting with Science

507.8 GAR

Foundations of Modern Physics

530 HOL

How Things Work

530 CRA

Phenomenal Physics

530 SWA

Physics Projects for Young Scientists

530 GOO

The Story of Physics

530 MOT

The Project Physics Course

530 RUT

The Complete Guide to . . .

797.1 EVA

Detailed Information about your specific topic:

A Guide to Bird Songs

598 S

Sensory Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays

597 HOP

Sharks

597 SHA

How Animals See

591.1 SIN

Animal Navigation

591.1 WAT

Ears, Hearing and Balance

591.1 PAH

Nightwatch

591 NIG

Animal Sounds

591 MAS

The Hunters

591.5 WHI

The Life and Death of Whales

599 BUR

Other IMC RESOURCES (not placed on reserve)

Science and physics encyclopedias and reference materials

Computers and CD-ROMs

Information Sheet

Scoring Rubrics

Basic Research Qs

Internet Links

Collabor'n Ideas

Timeline

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Glenbrook South High School Physics Page


Author: Tom Henderson, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL.
Multimedia Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Last Update: July 8, 1997
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