How does a microwave heat up food when the inside of the microwave doesn't get hot like the inside of an oven does? The simulation directly answers this question. Scholars adjust the amplitude and frequency of a microwave to view the response from water molecules. Options include viewing it as a single molecule, a line of molecules, many molecules, and heating up coffee.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the safety of microwaves, both the machines and the wavelengths
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes some prior knowledge of vectors
  • Requires Java 1.5.0_15 or later if using Windows or Linux and Java 1.5.0_19 or later if using Macintosh

  • Offers 12 related lesson plans for middle school through undergraduate levels
  • Translates into more 40 different languages, making it perfect for any science classroom
  • Microwave field displays as either a wave, a single vector, or the entire field

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