Wave on a String

Go-lab approved
Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Lab owner: 
Michael Dubson,
PhET Interactive Simulations
Contact person: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Czech, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Estonian, Latvian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian
Level of difficulty: 
Easy
Level of interaction: 
Medium
Booking required: 
No
 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

Watch a string vibrate in slow motion. Wiggle the end of the string and make waves, or adjust the frequency and amplitude of an oscillator. Adjust the damping and tension. The end can be fixed, loose, or open.

Primary aims of the lab:

  • Discuss wave properties using common vocabulary.
  • Predict the behavior of waves through varying medium and at reflective endpoints.

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