String Vibrations Feature Summary

Physics in Your World
String Vibrations
In the photos above (hi-res version), the tension in the vibrating string is maintained by a weight at the bottom, and the top end of the string is vibrated. To find out more about how these photographs were created, visit String Vibrations, by Andrew Davidhazy.

Security note:
Once you have clicked on the "simulation" link below, be sure to read the Java Security Advisory before running the simulation: To do that, click the "Read now" button on the yellow band near the top of the PhET page.

To learn about string vibrations, see the PhET simulation Waves on a String, from the University of Colorado. Also, you can visit Standing Waves, especially "Standing Waves 1 - On a String, Both Ends Fixed."

(This feature was updated on May 6, 2013.)
photo credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Davidhazy</a>, Rochester Institute of Technology
photo credit: Andrew Davidhazy, Rochester Institute of Technology
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February 14, 2007 - March 1, 2007