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In this Java simulation, students interactively explore properties of waves as they view simulations of a dripping faucet, an audio speaker, and a laser.  By observing wave sources and mediums for water, sound, and light, students can compare the behavior of different types of waves.  Options include a stopwatch and ruler to measure the waves directly, along with movable detectors and customizable slit widths and spacings to allow students 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.

SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE for links to lessons, demonstrations, and clicker questions adapted by the PhET team for use with this applet.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Practices
- Technology
= Multimedia
Optics
- Interference
= Interference From Two Sources
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
= Interference and Diffraction of Sound
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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application/java
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http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/wav…
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© 2005 PHET and University of Colorado
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Keywords:
double slit, interference pattern, light, single slit, sound, water
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created October 22, 2006 by Gifford Weber
Record Updated:
July 8, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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August 11, 2006
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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: How Waves Move and Interact: Reflection, Refraction, Interference

Students interactively explore properties of waves as they view simulations of a dripping faucet, an audio speaker, and a laser.  By observing wave sources and mediums for water, sound, and light, students can compare the behavior of different types of waves.  Choose Light as a medium and add a second source or a pair of slits to create an interference pattern.

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, Version 1.01 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference).
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PhET Simulation: Wave Interference, Version 1.01 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference>.
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PhET Simulation: Wave Interference. (2006, August 11). Retrieved April 20, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference
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Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Wave Interference. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, August 11, 2006. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference (accessed 20 April 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Wave Interference. Vers. 1.01. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2005. 11 Aug. 2006. 20 Apr. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-interference>.
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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".

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