published by the Physics Education Technology Project
This interactive simulation allows users to explore the properties of waves. Wave sources and mediums are provided for water, sound, and light so users can compare the behavior of different types of waves. Options include a stopwatch and ruler to measure the waves directly, along with moveable detectors and customizable slit widths and spacings to allow users to watch the interference patterns over time. All three options, water, sound, and light, allow users to select between one and two sources, and up to two slits.
This simulation is part of a large and growing collection. It has been designed using principles from physics education research and refined based on student interviews.
Please note that this resource requires Java.
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PhET Simulation: Wave Interference:
Is Part Of PhET: Physics Education Technology
Is the Basis For PhET Simulation: Wave Interference
Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Wave Unit
A complete unit of instruction on the topic of Waves, created by a high school teacher. It was designed to be used with interactive simulations developed by PhET.relation by Caroline Hall
Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Wave Demonstrations: Water, Sound, Light
A set of inquiry-based classroom demonstrations for high school physics, developed for use with the PhET simulation "Wave Interference".relation by Caroline Hall
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