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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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= Wave Properties of Sound
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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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