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This PhET simulation allows you to study Fourier series expansions of waves--one example is the overtone series in a musical instrument. You can select amplitudes of up to 11 harmonics and see what the resulting waveform will be. In addition to constructing your own waves, you can play a wave game and try to match a given pattern with a sum of harmonics that you create.
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Mathematical Tools
- Series and Functions
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
Quantum Physics
- Approximation Techniques
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
Waves and Pendula
- Acoustics
= Wave Analysis and Synthesis
- Instruments
- Wave Motion
= Wave Properties of Sound
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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Mirror: https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/fourier/fourie… Free access © 2007 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology Additional information is available. Fourier, superposition, wave packet, wavelength Metadata instance created October 2, 2006 by Gifford Weber Aug 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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, Version 3.01 (PhET, Boulder, 2007), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier).
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves, Version 3.01 (PhET, Boulder, 2007), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier>.
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. (2007). Retrieved May 23, 2024, from PhET: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier
Chicago Format
PhET. PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. Boulder: PhET, 2007. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier (accessed 23 May 2024).
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PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves. Vers. 3.01. Boulder: PhET, 2007. 23 May 2024 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/fourier>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Fourier: Making Waves}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {23 May 2024}, Year = {2007} }
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