The BOSS Model: Building Oscillation Seismic Simulation

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Summary:During an earthquake, buildings oscillate. If the frequency of this oscillation is close to the natural frequency of the building, resonance may cause severe damage, The BOSS model allows students to observe the phenomenon of resonance. Students will predict how a structure will react to vibrations (oscillations) of different frequencies, perform an experiment to establish the relationship between the height of a structure and its natural frequency, and describe the phenomenon of resonance.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns
Subjects: earthquake; seismology
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