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This is a tutorial for high school physics students on the topic of standing waves.  It is a highly visual exploration of the topic and includes a brief text explanation of the phenomenon and a set of 16 static diagrams illustrating node and antinode locations for the 1st-5th harmonic.  Students may also interactively explore simulations of standing waves on a violin (both ends fixed), a flute (both ends open), and a thumb piano (one end fixed, one end open).

This item is part of a larger collection of tutorials developed by the author on a broad range of topics in physics and mathematics.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Instruments
= Air Column Instruments
= Resonance in Strings
= Stringed Instruments
- Wave Motion
= Standing Waves
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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© 1997 Edward A. Zobel
animation, antinode, harmonics, node, oscillations, resonance, simulation, standing wave, tutorial, violin, wave diagrams, waves
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Standing Waves and Resonance

Standing waves are non-traveling vibrations.  They are produced when an incident wave and the reflected wave interfere in a way that they appear to be standing still.  Standing wave patterns are readily observable, notably in musical instruments.  This interactive tutorial gives students a good foundation for understanding why and when this complex phenomenon occurs.

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E. Zobel, (1997), WWW Document, (http://zonalandeducation.com/mstm/physics/waves/standingWaves/standingWaves.html).
E. Zobel, Zona Land: Standing Waves (1997), <http://zonalandeducation.com/mstm/physics/waves/standingWaves/standingWaves.html>.
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Zobel, E. (2006, January 1). Zona Land: Standing Waves. Retrieved May 23, 2024, from http://zonalandeducation.com/mstm/physics/waves/standingWaves/standingWaves.html
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