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written by Paul Falstad
This applet simulates a membrane which can be 'poked' or shaped with the mouse. Damping, simulation speed and the aspect ratio are adjustable. The membrane can be displayed in 3-D or 2-D, with optional color.  Modes can be selected from a table, and more than one can be selected at a time. A sound option is also included, but this applet only works with Microsoft Java. A second applet is included for Netscape/Sun Java.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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rectangular membrane, vibrational mode
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Metadata instance created June 17, 2004 by Melanie Carter
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August 17, 2007 by Lyle Barbato
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Falstad, P. (n.d.). Rectangular Membrane Applet. Retrieved December 7, 2023, from
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Falstad, Paul. Rectangular Membrane Applet. (accessed 7 December 2023).
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Falstad, Paul. Rectangular Membrane Applet. 7 Dec. 2023 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Paul Falstad", Title = {Rectangular Membrane Applet}, Volume = {2023}, Number = {7 December 2023}, Year = {} }
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