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content provider: the Nuffield Curriculum Centre
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This web page contains a set of four ripple tank experiments on wave interference, appropriate for use in high school classrooms. The labs allow students to observe the actual phenomenon when pulses and waves pass through each other. Students are introduced to ripple tanks and gain confidence in using them by doing some simple experiments with pulses.
SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a Teachers' Guide on using ripple tanks, and for links to additional ripple tank experiments.
This item is part of a much larger collection of physics/astronomy experiments, sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics and funded by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: How Waves Move and Interact: Reflection, Refraction, Interference
With the use of a ripple tank, students can observe the phenomenon of wave interference, which occurs when pulses and waves pass through each other. Many students are amazed to discover that the two waves continue on their way as if there had been no encounter. This set of four lab experiments demonstrates interference with two sources, using fingers and vibrators to create the disturbance. See Content Support below for links to background information on wave interference and superposition.Link to Unit:
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Practical Physics: Ripples Crossing: Interference:
Is Supplemented By Practical Physics: Using Ripple Tanks
This is a link to the Teachers' Guide on acquiring and setting up ripple tank experiments in the classroom.relation by Caroline Hall
Is By The Same Author and Covers a Similar Topic As Practical Physics: Basic Experiments with Ripple Tanks
This is a set of eight basic experiments developed to introduce high school and middle school students to ripple tanks as a tool for visualizing wave behavior.relation by Caroline Hall
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