Squeaky sand

Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8


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This six minute video segment from Catalyst Two compares two beaches, one with white squeaky sand, the other with darker non-squeaky sand and their sand studied under a microscope. Dr Tim Senden attempts to shed some light on this mystery with the use of a visual model. Sand avalanches and the production of sound come into consideration. Science does not always have a definitive answer.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(ST3-12MW) identifies the observable properties of solids, liquids and gases, and that changes made to materials are reversible or irreversible

(ST3-13MW) describes how the properties of materials determine their use for specific purposes

(SC4-16CW) describes the observed properties and behaviour of matter, using scientific models and theories about the motion and arrangement of particles

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU077) Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways

(ACSSU151) The properties of the different states of matter can be explained in terms of the motion and arrangement of particles

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Resource type:
ScOT topics:
Matter, Vibration
File type:
ABC - Catalyst
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Monday, 14 December 2009

Resource ID: e931401d-ee91-4f33-aebc-ad93889edde2