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This Flash activity simulates the motion of a vibrating string. Wiggle the end of the string to set up a manual pulse or make waves. Or, choose "Oscillator" and let the simulation create traveling or standing waves. The string is modeled as a series of interacting masses. The tension of the string, damping, and frequency and amplitude of the oscillator can be adjusted. The end can be fixed, loose, or open. Measurements can be made with rulers and a stop watch.

This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET). The simulations provide animated, interactive, and game-like environments in which students learn through exploration. All of the simulations are freely available from the PhET web site for incorporation into classes.

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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/wav…
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PhET; University of Colorado
Keywords:
amplitude, frequency, harmonic, oscilate, oscillation, oscillator, standing wave, wave
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created May 3, 2006 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
October 26, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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October 1, 2008
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Wave Properties: Frequency, Amplitude, Period, Phase

A wonderful way to introduce students to properties of waves.  As the students open the applet, they are invited to "wiggle" a string to create a wave.  They can set amplitude, frequency, damping, and string tension and watch the variable results.  Waves can be manually or automatically generated.  Finally, students can view the string's vibration with a fixed end, a loose end, or no end.  See related teacher-created activity (directly below), developed for use in middle school classrooms with "Wave On a String".

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: How Waves Move and Interact: Reflection, Refraction, Interference

This Java applet simulates wave oscillation by using the mouse to drive the motion of a vibrating string.  Students can set amplitude, frequency, damping, and string tension and watch the results.  Waves can be manually or automatically generated.  Finally, students can view the string's vibration with a fixed end, a loose end, or no end.

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(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2003), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string).
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PhET Simulation: Wave on a String (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2003), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string>.
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PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. (2008, October 1). Retrieved April 19, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string
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Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Wave on a String. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, October 1, 2008. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string (accessed 19 April 2014).
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Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: EM Wave Analogy Tutorial

This tutorial was written to supplement the PhET simulation "Wave on a String" to aid students of introductory physics in understanding electromagnetic wave properties.

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Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Investigating Waves

This item is a four-page student worksheet developed specifically to accompany "Wave on a String".  Appropriate for grades 8-9 physical science.

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Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Wave Demonstrations: Water, Sound, Light

A set of inquiry-based classroom demonstrations for high school physics developed to be used with the PhET simulation "Wave on a String".

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Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Waves on a String Discovery Activity

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Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Wave on a String--The Basics

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