Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.


Curriculum Corner: Sound and Music Chapter: Sound Intensity and the DeciBel System

Our Think Sheets are useful in-class tools for processing a concept. This one-page Think Sheet provides a great review of the concepts of intensity and deciBels.

Minds On Physics, Sound and Music Module, Mission SM3 -Sound Intensity and deciBel Levels

A Minds On Physics mission will always give a student a strenuous workout in close reading, critical thinking, and conceptual reasoning. When you feel students have a grasp of the concepts, it's time to test their understanding with a MOP mission. This particular one is closely correlated to the video. Use it with Task Tracker and grab student scores after the due date.

Concept Builders, Waves and Sound Chapter - DeciBel Scale

Do your students need practice with deciBels? This is the place to send them. You will find a collection of conceptual questions like those from Slide 7 of the presentation. Great practice is waiting for you. And if you have a Task Tracker account, you can make it an at-home assignment and gather the schools when the assignment is over.


The Calculator Pad, Sound Waves Chapter: Problem Sets SM6, SM7, and SM8

The equation for calculating the deciBel rating as described and used on Slide 8 may require that students have additional practice. Our Calculator Pad is a great place to get practice problems with immediate feedback and multiple opportunities for correction. There's three problem sets with varying degrees of difficulty ... something for every one. Check it out!


Science Reasoning Center, Sound Waves Chapter: Sound Intensity and the deciBel System

A Science Reasoning Center activity is a great place to sharpen students' science process skills. They will learn to interpret data and read graphs and draw conclusions that are supported by evidence. This activity is all about the same topic as the video. And if you like this one, you will find another activity on the equal loudness curves and the phon scale.


Physics Tutorial, Sound Waves and Music Chapter: Intensity and the deciBel Scale

This video tutorial was motivated by Lesson 2 of our written tutorial. The written tutorial provides a great location for a student to quickly review the key ideas.