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This webpage contains an interactive simulation that allows users to study Fourier series expansions of waves. The amplitude of up to 11 harmonics may be selected for a wave in one dimension, allowing users to create a variety of wave functions. Waves can be examined as a function of space, time, or both, and tools are provided for measuring wavelengths and periods. Functions of sine and cosine may be used. Users can also choose to display mathematical equations describing their waves in three different forms. The limit of Fourier integrals and continuous wave packets can also be examined. In addition to constructing their own waves, users can also play a wave game and try to match a given pattern by selecting the Fourier amplitudes.

The page also contains a teacher's guide as well as user-submitted idea and activities for use with this simulation.

This page is part of a large and growing collection. It has been designed using principles from physics education research and refined based on student interviews.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Mathematical Tools
- Series and Functions
Oscillations & Waves
- Acoustics
= Wave Analysis and Synthesis
- Instruments
- Wave Motion
= Wave Properties of Sound
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
Quantum Physics
- Approximation Techniques
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2007 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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Keywords:
Fourier, superposition, wave packet, wavelength
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Metadata instance created October 2, 2006 by Gifford Weber
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July 8, 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).
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves, Version 3.01 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2007), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier>.
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. (2007). Retrieved August 27, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier
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Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2007. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier (accessed 27 August 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. Vers. 3.01. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2007. 27 Aug. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier>.
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