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written by Paul Falstad
This applet is a 3D simulation of wave motion due to different types of sources.  The simulation can be rotated and/or frozen and viewed on a 2D slice. Among the possible simulations are point, line, slit, quadrapole and plane sources. The intensity can be shown, or the view limited to the sides of the box. The frequency, source separation, phase difference and balance are adjustable when necessary. The page also includes directions in English and German, and the source.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- application/java
- application/zip
- text/html
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The source code is available.
line source, pinholes, plane wave, point source, quadrupole, scalar wave
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created June 15, 2004 by Melanie Carter
Record Updated:
July 23, 2004 by Bruce Mason
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