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What Makes Waves?

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Explain simply that wind blowing across the water is what makes waves occur. Demonstrate this by filling a shallow pan with 2-3 inches of water. Next place a table fan about 1 foot from the narrowest side of the pan. Let the fan blow at a low speed and let children predict what will happen. Ask Were there waves? Did the water bunch up at the far end of the pan? Try speeding up the fan, but do not let the water slosh out of the pan. Discuss the connection between wind and waves.


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05/18/2009

 

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