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Exploration 17.1: Superposition of Two Pulses

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One of the most interesting phenomena we can explore is that of a superposition of waves. Each panel shows an individual wave that is traveling on a string. Restart.

If these two waves are traveling on the same string, draw the superposition of the two pulses between t = 0 and t = 20 s in 2-s intervals for each animation (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds).

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