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written by Tom Henderson
This web page contains an in-depth tutorial on the properties and behavior of waves, suitable for beginning students of physics.  It features multiple animations to accompany the text, plus self-guided question-and-answer sets.  Included is a discussion of the nature and anatomy of waves, how wave energy is transported, and an overview of standing waves and harmonic patterns.  

This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Doppler Effect
= Interference and Diffraction
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Standing Waves
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- text/html
- image/gif
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© 1996 Tom Henderson
amplitude, harmonics, problem set, tutorial, wave energy, wave frequency, wave interference, wave period, wave reflection
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Henderson, T. (2008, December 12). The Physics Classroom: Waves. Retrieved May 27, 2024, from
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