Wave on a String Demo


Michael Dubson/Univ. of Colorado

This interactive demo allows you to experiment with waves and reflections under various conditions. The demonstration shows mechanical waves but the concepts are analogous to EM waves on transmission lines.

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.

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