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written by Edward Zobel
This applet demonstrates basic wave superposition. The user can select two sinusoidal waveforms and view the resulting wave on a string as they move towards the middle in opposite directions. The user can select to view each of the individual waves, the sum, or both. The simulation can be slowed down to help the user examine the phenomenon more closely.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Learners
- application/java
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© 1997 Edward A. Zobel
constructive, destructive, interference, superposition, wave, wave application, waves
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Metadata instance created June 24, 2008 by Logan Hancock
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December 9, 2014 by Lyle Barbato
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January 1, 2006
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Zobel, E. (2006, January 1). Zona Land: Wave Interference 2. Retrieved March 27, 2015, from
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Zobel, Edward. Zona Land: Wave Interference 2. 1997. 1 Jan. 2006. 27 Mar. 2015 <>.
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