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In this interactive simulation students can learn how to make waves of all different shapes by adding up sines or cosines. They can create waves in space and time and measure their wavelengths and periods. Changing the amplitudes of different harmonics changes the waves. Last, students  can compare different mathematical expressions for their waves. Teaching tips, related lesson plans, and activities are also available.  

The page also contains a teacher's guide as well as user-submitted idea and activities for use with this simulation.

This page is part of a large and growing collection. It has been designed using principles from physics education research and refined based on student interviews.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Mathematical Tools
- Series and Functions
Oscillations & Waves
- Acoustics
= Wave Analysis and Synthesis
- Instruments
- Wave Motion
= Wave Properties of Sound
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
Quantum Physics
- Approximation Techniques
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/fou…
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© 2007 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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Keywords:
Fourier, superposition, wave packet, wavelength
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Metadata instance created October 2, 2006 by Gifford Weber
Record Updated:
July 8, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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, Version 3.01 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2007), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier).
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves, , Version 3.01 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2007), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier>.
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. (2007). Retrieved September 20, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier
Chicago Format
Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2007. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier (accessed 20 September 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. Vers. 3.01. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2007. 20 Sep. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves}, Publisher = {Physics Education Technology Project}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {20 September 2014}, Year = {2007} }
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