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written by Pascal Renault
Available Languages: English, French
This applet illustrates the principles of constructive and destructive interference in transverse waves moving in opposite directions. Users can begin by shaping the two wave pulses using the two sets of handles located at both ends of a line. Clicking on "Run!" will allow users to view the resulting interference as the pulses travel along the line.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Waves and Pendula
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Demonstration
= Interactive Simulation
= Simulation
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2000 Pascal Renault
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Keywords: constructive, destructive, interference, pulse, superposition, waves
Record Creator: Metadata instance created October 21, 2005 by Ed Lee
Record Updated: Aug 08, 2016 by Bruce Mason
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February 5, 2006
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Renault, P. (2006, February 5). Wave Interference. Retrieved September 20, 2020, from
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Renault, Pascal. Wave Interference. February 5, 2006. (accessed 20 September 2020).
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