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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 string is modeled as a series of interacting masses. The tension of the string, damping, and frequency and amplitude of the oscillator can be adjusted. Measurements can be made with rulers and a stop watch.

This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET). The simulations are animated, interactive, and game-like environments in which students learn through exploration.

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
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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- Learners
- Educators
- application/flash
- text/html
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http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/wav…
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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
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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>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. (2008, October 1). Retrieved September 15, 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 15 September 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2003. 1 Oct. 2008. 15 Sep. 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 = {15 September 2014}, Month = {October 1, 2008}, Year = {2003} }
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