The One Dimensional Wave Function Superposition Demonstration Model shows how the superposition principle gives rise to wave phenomena such as standing waves and beats. Users enter real-valued wave functions and observe both the time dependent functions and their superposition. You can modify this simulation if you have Ejs installed by right-clicking within the plot and selecting "Open Ejs Model" from the pop-up menu item.
The One Dimensional Wave Function Superposition Demonstration Mode was developed using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the model's jar file will run the simulation if Java is installed.
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One Dimensional Wave Function Superposition: Additional Documentation Regarding Customization
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Published: June 8, 2012
One Dimensional Wave Function Superposition Source Code
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Last Modified: July 21, 2012
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February 26, 2012
by Wolfgang Christian
August 9, 2012
by Mario Belloni
Last Update when Cataloged:
February 26, 2012
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
6-8: 4F/M4. Vibrations in materials set up wavelike disturbances that spread away from the source. Sound and earthquake waves are examples. These and other waves move at different speeds in different materials.
6-8: 4F/M7. Wave behavior can be described in terms of how fast the disturbance spreads, and in terms of the distance between successive peaks of the disturbance (the wavelength).
9-12: 4F/H6ab. Waves can superpose on one another, bend around corners, reflect off surfaces, be absorbed by materials they enter, and change direction when entering a new material. All these effects vary with wavelength.
Christian, W. (Ed.). (2012). One Dimensional Wave Function Superposition Model (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved May 18, 2013, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11737&DocID=2613
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