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written by Paul Falstad
The applet simulates a string which can be 'plucked' or shaped with the mouse, have a driving force applied, be 'touched' to quiet a mode, or selected to vibrate at its fundamental frequency. Options include displaying phases, phasors, modes or phase cosines and adjusting the damping, force frequency (which can be set to resonance frequency), number of loads, simulation speed and tension. A sound option is also included, but only works in Windows. The sound applet only works in Microsoft Java, but a second applet is included with no sound for Netscape/Sun Java.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
- Wave Motion
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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- application/java
- application/zip
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harmonics, mechanical waves, resonance frequency, standing waves, transverse wave
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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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