This is a tutorial for high school physics students on the topic of standing waves. It is a highly visual exploration of the topic and includes a brief text explanation of the phenomenon and a set of 16 static diagrams illustrating node and antinode locations for the 1st-5th harmonic. Students may also interactively explore simulations of standing waves on a violin (both ends fixed), a flute (both ends open), and a thumb piano (one end fixed, one end open).
This item is part of a larger collection of tutorials developed by the author on a broad range of topics in physics and mathematics.
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Metadata instance created
March 28, 2009
by Caroline Hall
April 10, 2012
by Caroline Hall
Last Update when Cataloged:
January 1, 2006
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Wave Energy Unit Title: Standing Waves and Resonance
Standing waves are non-traveling vibrations. They are produced when an incident wave and the reflected wave interfere in a way that they appear to be standing still. Standing wave patterns are readily observable, notably in musical instruments. This exemplary interactive tutorial gives students a good foundation for understanding why and when this complex phenomenon occurs.
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