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written by Paul Falstad
This applet simulates a bar or a stiff string which can be shaped with the mouse, or have a static force applied. It can be hinged, free, attached to a wall or clamped. Phases, phase cosines and modes can be displayed. The simulation speed, damping, base frequency, stiffness of the string and amplitude of the normal modes are adjustable. Sound is an option. A link is included to a page on 'Waves in Solids.'

Please note that this resource requires Java.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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flexural wave, normal mode, stiff string
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Metadata instance created June 17, 2004 by Melanie Carter
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August 10, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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