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written by Paul Falstad
This applet simulates a harmonic coupled line of masses moving in one dimension. The number and size of loads, damping, speed of the simulation and stiffness of the springs are adjustable, and the phases and magnitudes of the normal modes are shown. The applet also simulates elastic collisions and weak couplings.   Source code is included.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
- Wave Motion
- High School
- Instructional Material
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coupled oscillator, elastic collision, harmonic oscillator, lissajous figures, normal modes, weak couplings
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Metadata instance created June 15, 2004 by Melanie Carter
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June 24, 2013 by Bruce Mason
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.

Topic: Periodic and Simple Harmonic Motion
Unit Title: Conservation of Energy and Forces on a Spring

This applet simulates a harmonic-coupled line of masses moving in one dimension. The load, damping, and stiffness of the springs are adjustable.  It includes more complex concepts, such as phases and magnitudes of normal modes.

Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Standing Waves and Resonance

This applet simulates a harmonic coupled line of masses moving in one dimension. The load, damping, and stiffness of the springs are adjustable.  It includes more complex concepts, such as phases and magnitudes of normal modes.

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