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This page contains an interactive Flash simulation of the motion of a vibrating string, plus related resources for classroom use.  The end of the string can be moved using the mouse or driven by an oscillator to set up traveling or standing waves.  The string is modeled as a series of interacting masses.  Tension of the string, damping, and frequency and amplitude of the oscillator can be adjusted.

This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).  See Related items on this page for a link to clicker questions and a unit of instruction developed specifically to accompany PhET simulations involving wave motion.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 8 of Flash.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
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= Interactive Simulation
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http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/wav…
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PhET; University of Colorado
Keywords:
amplitude, frequency, harmonic, oscilate, oscillation, oscillator, standing wave, wave
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Metadata instance created May 3, 2006 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
October 26, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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October 1, 2008
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(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2003), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string).
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PhET Simulation: Wave on a String, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2003), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string>.
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PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. (2008, October 1). Retrieved November 29, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string
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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 29 November 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2003. 1 Oct. 2008. 29 Nov. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string>.
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PhET Simulation: Wave on a String:

Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Wave Unit

A comprehensive unit of study on waves developed specifically for use with PhET simulations on wave motion, wave interference, and Fourier.

relation by Caroline Hall
Is the Basis For PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Applications of Sinusoidal Functions

This activity is designed to utilize the Wave on a String simulation in a 60-minute high school laboratory.

relation by Lyle Barbato
Is the Basis For http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2819

A set of clicker questions, pre-lab and post-lab questions specifically developed for use with the PhET simulation "Wave On A String".  It was designed for beginners or non-science majors with little or no background in physics.

relation by Lyle Barbato

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