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Question of the Day: Ocean Waves #1

Question of the Day developed by William Prothero.


  1. Sketch a simple diagram of an ocean wave and label its crest, trough, and wavelength.

  2. You are in a boat and you have a stop watch. How do you measure the period of the ocean waves passing beneath you?

  3. What generates the ocean waves?

References and Notes:

Question of the Day is a method used by Dr. William Prothero in his Oceanography Course at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Question of the Day page with more examples and tips on using them is part of the Starting Point: Interactive Lectures Module.



Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

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Ocean Environments

Surface Waters


Ocean:Physical Oceanography


Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography