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This is simple Java applet that simulates a tsunami from the initial wave pulse through contact with a coastline.   It shows very clearly how a tsunami (which may appear insignificant at the point of propagation) gains amplitude as it approaches shore, thus becoming one of nature's most destructive forces.  Students may change the shape of the sea bottom near the coast and watch the effect on the approaching tsunami.  The amplitude of the initial pulse is also adjustable by the student.

This item is part of a larger collection of interactive java simulations on a wide range of topics in physics.  SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE for a link to the full collection.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Shock Waves
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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© 2006 W. Bauer
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Java applet, applet, interactive simulation, shallow-water waves, tsunami, tsunami propagation, tsunami simulation, wave energy, waves
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Metadata instance created March 26, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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October 24, 2007

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4C. Processes that Shape the Earth
  • 9-12: 4C/H5. Earthquakes often occur along the boundaries between colliding plates, and molten rock from below creates pressure that is released by volcanic eruptions, helping to build up mountains. Under the ocean basins, molten rock may well up between separating plates to create new ocean floor. Volcanic activity along the ocean floor may form undersea mountains, which can thrust above the ocean's surface to become islands.

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Types of Mechanical Waves

Do you know why a tsunami (which appears insignificant in the open ocean) can be so devastating upon reaching a shoreline?  That's because when it begins, it has a huge wavelength -- several hundred kilometers -- and a fast wave speed, compared to a surface wave.  As a tsunami approaches shore, all that energy has to go somewhere as the seabed shallows.  This interactive simulation, appropriate for grades 4-8 with teacher support, is an excellent model of a tsunami wave as it hits shore.  Students can change the shape of the sea bed at the coastline and watch the effects.

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Types of Mechanical Waves

This simple simulation is the best we have found to model the destructive energy of a tsunami for beginning students.  It shows very clearly how a tsunami (which may appear insignificant at the point of origination) gains amplitude as it approaches shore, thus becoming one of nature's most destructive forces.  Change the shape of the sea bottom near the coast and watch the effect on the approaching tsunami.  See the instructor's guide in "Lesson Plans" (above) for directions on building a low-cost tsunami tank for classroom experiments.

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W. Bauer, (2006), WWW Document, (http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/chemistry/bauerwestfall/Applet%20Library/tsunami/tsunami.html).
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W. Bauer, Michigan State Applet Collection: Tsunami Simulator, (2006), <http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/chemistry/bauerwestfall/Applet%20Library/tsunami/tsunami.html>.
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Bauer, W. (2007, October 24). Michigan State Applet Collection: Tsunami Simulator. Retrieved September 22, 2014, from http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/chemistry/bauerwestfall/Applet%20Library/tsunami/tsunami.html
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Bauer, Wolfgang. Michigan State Applet Collection: Tsunami Simulator. October 24, 2007. http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/chemistry/bauerwestfall/Applet%20Library/tsunami/tsunami.html (accessed 22 September 2014).
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Bauer, Wolfgang. Michigan State Applet Collection: Tsunami Simulator. 2006. 24 Oct. 2007. 22 Sep. 2014 <http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/chemistry/bauerwestfall/Applet%20Library/tsunami/tsunami.html>.
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