Traveling Waves

Shive Wave Machine

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Rods attached to metal spine; transverse wave generator shows the reflection of waves free, fixed, terminated and transition boundaries.

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Wooden Dowel Wave Machine

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Large (20 feet long) Shive wave machine that can clearly show the reflection and transmission of a pulse at the boundary of fast and slow media.

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Ripple Tank Wave Phenomena

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Interference patterns of water waves generated by different sources at adjustable frequency.

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Slinkys, Springs and Rope

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Generate your own transverse and longitudinal waves; pulse reflections from free and fixed ends are possible.

Slinky Wave Cradle

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Longitudinal wave demo with suspended slinky.

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Russian Wave Machine

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Hand cranked transverse wave model.

Wave in a Tank

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A two-fluid model shows the slow propagation of shallow water waves.

Group/Phase Velocity

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The group velocity of two harmonic waves can be shown (on an oscilloscope) to be less than or greater than the individual phase velocities.

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