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Ripple Tank Model for Teachers Documents

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Ripple Tank Model for Teachers 

written by Wolfgang Christian

The Ripple Tank Model for Teachers allows instructors to simulate 2D wave interference. A ripple tank is a shallow glass tank of water used to demonstrate the basic properties of waves. The tank is usually illuminated from above, so that the light shines through the water.  The ripples on the water show up as shadows on the screen underneath the tank.  In the default visualization the wave crests and troughs are shown as red and blue.  Users can change the number of sources, their amplitude and phase, and other parameters. Selecting student mode repackages the modified simulation into a stand-alone jar file with fewer options for classroom use.

The Ripple Tank Model for Teachers was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double clicking the ejs_waves_teacher_RippleTank.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

Published June 7, 2012
Last Modified June 11, 2014

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Supplemental Documents (3)

Ripple Tank Model: Additional Documentation Regarding Customization 

A pdf file that provides additional documentation regarding customization of this simulation.

Published June 9, 2012
Last Modified August 9, 2012

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Ripple Tank 2-Source Exploration 

Exploration sheet for the Ripple Tank 2-Source exploration exercise.

Published June 9, 2012
Last Modified June 9, 2012

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Ripple Tank 2-Source Exploration Simulation 

This model provides a standing wave for use with the Ripple Tank 2-Source Exploration.

Published June 9, 2012
Last Modified June 9, 2012

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Source Code Documents

Ripple Tank for Teachers Source Code 

The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Ripple Tank Model for Teachers.   Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model using EJS.

Last Modified June 11, 2014

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