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published by the Physics Education Technology Project
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This website contains a Flash applet which simulates the motion of a vibrating string as well as ideas for activities involving this simulation.  The end of the string can be moved using the mouse or driven by an oscillator to set up traveling or standing waves. The tension of the string, damping, and frequency and amplitude of the oscillator can be adjusted, and measurements can be made with rulers and a stop watch. Additional interactive simulations are also available through PhET.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 8 of Flash.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Waves and Pendula
- Wave Motion
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/flash
- text/html
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Mirror: http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/wave-on-a-strin…
Access Rights: Free access
License: This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 license. Additional information is available.
Rights Holder: PhET; University of Colorado
Keywords: amplitude, frequency, harmonic, oscilate, oscillation, oscillator, standing wave, wave
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created May 3, 2006 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated: Oct 26, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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October 1, 2008
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AIP Format
(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2003), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string).
AJP/PRST-PER
PhET Simulation: Wave on a String, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2003), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. (2008, October 1). Retrieved November 27, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string
Chicago Format
Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, October 1, 2008. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string (accessed 27 November 2014).
MLA Format
PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2003. 1 Oct. 2008. 27 Nov. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Wave on a String}, Publisher = {Physics Education Technology Project}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {27 November 2014}, Month = {October 1, 2008}, Year = {2003} }
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