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written by Edward Zobel
This applet demonstrates basic wave superposition. The user can draw two waveforms and view the resulting wave on a string as they move in opposite directions towards the middle of the string. The user can select to view each of the individual waves, the sum, or both. The simulation can be slowed down to help the user examine the phenomenon more closely.

Please note that this resource requires Java Applet Plug-in.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Educators
- Learners
- application/java
- text/html
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© 1997 Edward A. Zobel
constructive, destructive, interference, pulse, square wave, superposition, wave, wave application, waves
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Zobel, E. (2006, January 1). Zona Land: Wave Interference 3. Retrieved July 10, 2020, from
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Zobel, Edward. Zona Land: Wave Interference 3. 1997. 1 Jan. 2006. 10 July 2020 <>.
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