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Wave Representations Model
written by Andrew Duffy
The Ejs Wave Representations model displays two representations of a sinusoidal wave on a string.  One shows a movie of the wave traveling along a string - you can think of this representation as a sequence of photographs. The second representation is a plot of the displacement as a function of time for two points on the string (you can select which two points to use). Using only these two representations, you can determine the values of many different parameters that describe the wave.  You can modify this simulation if you have Ejs installed by right-clicking within the plot and selecting "Open Ejs Model" from the pop-up menu item.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
Editor's Note: Ejs Wave Representations model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (Ejs) modeling tool.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Ejs is a part of the Open Source Physics Project and is designed to make it easier to access, modify, and generate computer models.  Additional Ejs models for physics can be found by searching opensourcephysics.org
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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
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Ejs simulation
Ejs, sinusoidal wave, transverse wave, traveling wave, wave
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created July 11, 2008 by Andrew Duffy
Record Updated:
January 29, 2018 by Caroline Hall
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June 4, 2008
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excellent way to learn A, T, v, lambda, omega, max transverse v

Author: lookang
Posted: April 19, 2011 at 11:45AM
Source: The Open Source Physics collection

good job!

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Wave Properties (PS4.A)
  • A simple wave has a repeating pattern with a specific wavelength, frequency, and amplitude. (6-8)
  • The wavelength and frequency of a wave are related to one another by the speed of travel of the wave, which depends on the type of wave and the medium through which it is passing. (9-12)

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    • Use mathematical representations of phenomena to describe explanations. (9-12)
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