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written by Chiu-king Ng
Available Languages: English, Chinese
This simulation allows the user to investigate the diffraction pattern due to an obstacle in a ripple tank. The user can change the wavelength of the waves, and the obstacle size.

This is a part of the "Learn Physics using Java" library of simulations.

Please note that this resource requires Java Applet Plug-in.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- Educators
- Learners
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2002 Chiu-king Ng
diffraction, obstacle, ripple tank, wavelength
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