Waves: Student Links

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Student Links

Science as a Human Endeavor
To learn more about the interests and accomplishments of diverse scientists and engineers, and how people with varied backgrounds contribute to and depend on the advancement of science and technology, visit the links below.


Patricia Bath
Patricia Bath was working as an ophthalmologist when she invented the Laserphaco Probe. The Laserphaco Probe is a device that uses lasers to help treat cataracts.

Valerie Thomas
Valerie Thomas was a NASA engineer who created technology still used by NASA that uses concave mirrors to create optical illusions.

Mark Ballora
Mark Ballora is a music technology professor. He turns datasets into sound to help people hear data in a way that can aid their analysis.

Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson is a physicist whose research focused on optics and optoelectronics. In 2002, Johnson became the first African American to serve as president of the Optical Society of America.

Activity 1
It’s a Noisy World

Dangerous Decibels: Virtual Exhibit
This website, from the Oregon Health and Science University, features a number of interactive simulations on various aspects of sound.

Activity 4
Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
This website, from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, explains the cause of noise-induced hearing loss.

Activity 12
The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Antennas and Transmitters
This website, from British science writer Chris Woodford, explains how we transmit and receive information via radio waves.
Source: Woodford, Chris. (2008) Antennas and transmitters. Retrieved from http://www.explainthatstuff.com/antennas.html. [Accessed May 26, 2015]

Wireless Internet
This website, from British science writer Chris Woodford, explains how most of us access the Internet: Wi-fi.
Source: Woodford, Chris. (2007) Wireless Internet. Retrieved from http://www.explainthatstuff.com/wirelessinternet.html. [Accessed May 26, 2015]

Activity 14
Blocking Out Ultraviolet

EPA: UV Index
Want to know what the UV index is for your community? Find out from this website from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Activity 15
Personal Protection Plan

Current UV Index Forecast
Want to know the UV forecast for your region? This website from NOAA is here to help.