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This PhET simulation, from the University of Colorado, allows you to explore the properties of water, sound, and light waves. you can measure the wave speed with a stopwatch and ruler, and you can investigate interference and diffraction with movable detectors and customizable slit widths and spacings. You can even change the view to observe from above or from the side.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Practices
- Technology
= Multimedia
Light
- Interference
= Interference From Two Sources
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
Waves and Pendula
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
= Interference and Diffraction of Sound
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Educators
- application/java
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Mirror: http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/wave-interferen…
Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2005 PHET and University of Colorado
Additional information is available.
Keywords: double slit, interference pattern, light, single slit, sound, water
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created October 22, 2006 by Gifford Weber
Record Updated: Jul 08, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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, Version 1.01 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference).
AJP/PRST-PER
PhET Simulation: Wave Interference, Version 1.01 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Wave Interference. (2006, August 11). Retrieved April 20, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference
Chicago Format
Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Wave Interference. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, August 11, 2006. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference (accessed 20 April 2014).
MLA Format
PhET Simulation: Wave Interference. Vers. 1.01. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2005. 11 Aug. 2006. 20 Apr. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference>.
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PhET Simulation: Wave Interference:

Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Wave Unit

A complete unit of instruction on the topic of Waves, created by a high school teacher.  It was designed to be used with interactive simulations developed by PhET.

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