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This PhET simulation allows you to study Fourier series expansions of waves--one example is the overtone series in a musical instrument. You can select amplitudes of up to 11 harmonics and see what the resulting waveform will be. In addition to constructing your own waves, you can play a wave game and try to match a given pattern with a sum of harmonics that you create.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Mathematical Tools
- Series and Functions
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
Quantum Physics
- Approximation Techniques
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
Waves and Pendula
- Acoustics
= Wave Analysis and Synthesis
- Instruments
- Wave Motion
= Wave Properties of Sound
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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Mirror: http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/fourier/fourier…
Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2007 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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Keywords: Fourier, superposition, wave packet, wavelength
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created October 2, 2006 by Gifford Weber
Record Updated: Jul 08, 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).
AJP/PRST-PER
PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves, Version 3.01 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2007), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. (2007). Retrieved August 22, 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 22 August 2014).
MLA Format
PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. Vers. 3.01. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2007. 22 Aug. 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 = {22 August 2014}, Year = {2007} }
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