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Sound Waves: Compare How Sound Travels Through Solids vs Air Activity

Test how sound moves through solids like tables and walls. Compare sound moving through the air to moving through solids. Challenge your friends to see how far you can detect sound moving through walls. This activity requires no special equipment beyond meter sticks or measuring tapes.


Questions Answered:

Does sound move through solids?

How far can sound travel through solids?

What other media besides air can sound travel through?


Topics & Concepts Addressed:

Sound travels through solids.

Sound travels through some solids better than through air.

Sound doesn't travel equally well through all solids.


Materials Needed

Meter stick or measuring tape


Preparation Time



Teaching Time   About 30 mins depending on accompanying writing assignment.


Student Sheets   Writing prompts in two formats

Sound Waves: Compare How Sound Travels Through Solids vs Air Activity


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