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written by Edward Zobel
This is a tutorial for high school physics students on the topic of standing waves.  It is a highly visual exploration of the topic and includes a brief text explanation of the phenomenon and a set of 16 static diagrams illustrating node and antinode locations for the 1st-5th harmonic.  Students may also interactively explore simulations of standing waves on a violin (both ends fixed), a flute (both ends open), and a thumb piano (one end fixed, one end open).

This item is part of a larger collection of tutorials developed by the author on a broad range of topics in physics and mathematics.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Instruments
= Air Column Instruments
= Resonance in Strings
= Stringed Instruments
- Wave Motion
= Standing Waves
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- text/html
- application/java
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© 1997 Edward A. Zobel
animation, antinode, harmonics, node, oscillations, resonance, simulation, standing wave, tutorial, violin, wave diagrams, waves
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