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This animation with accompanying explanation illustrates the principle of wave superposition:  when two (or more) waves travel through the same medium at the same time, the waves pass through each other without being disturbed.  Net displacement of the medium at any point in space or time is the sum of the individual wave displacements.   Author Dan Russell's text provides support for both concept formation and algebraic applications.  It is part of a larger collection of animations on wave motion, acoustics, and sound.
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sine waves, superposition of waves, wave interference, wave phenomena
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Wave Properties: Frequency, Amplitude, Period, Phase

This animated tutorial by Dan Russell illustrates the principle of wave superposition:  when two (or more) waves travel through the same medium at the same time, the waves pass through each other without being disturbed. It's quite simple, but quite effective.

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D. Russell, (2003), WWW Document, (https://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/superposition/superposition.html).
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D. Russell, Superposition of Waves (2003), <https://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/superposition/superposition.html>.
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Russell, D. (2006, April 1). Superposition of Waves. Retrieved February 7, 2023, from https://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/superposition/superposition.html
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Russell, Daniel. Superposition of Waves. April 1, 2006. https://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/superposition/superposition.html (accessed 7 February 2023).
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Russell, Daniel. Superposition of Waves. 2003. 1 Apr. 2006. 7 Feb. 2023 <https://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/superposition/superposition.html>.
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