Wave Superposition: Interactive On-line Mac and PC
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
Students learn definitions of wavelength, wave speed, wave amplitude, and wave period. Distance and time are given so speed=wavelength/period can be verified or deduced by students. Waves reflection and standing waves can also be explored.Understanding the superposition of waves.
- Standing waves from reflection
- Wave groups with or without reflection
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Here is a beginning sample activity that can be used with this Applet. Although the site was intended primarily for wave superposition exploration our example activity has students look at the wave speed versus depth relationship for shallow waves. Teacher Resource (Acrobat (PDF) 159kB May23 03) with answers and Student Questions (Acrobat (PDF) 156kB May23 03) without answers.
Below are a few sample questions from the activity.
Use 3.0 meters for water depth (do) and the corresponding speed Vo as references. For each depth compare the ratio V/Vo to the ratios of depths suggested in the Table below. How does the speed of a wave change with increasing depth? Does it Increase or Decrease with increasing depth?
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Which formula best describes how the wave speed v is related to the depth d?
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
- Longitudinal, Transverse and waves of a Mixed Type
- Sound: Propagation of sound waves from a moving source
- Superposition I: The superposition of two simple harmonic waves. This Applet illustrates superposition, and beat frequencies.
- Superposition II: An animated superposition of two simple harmonic waves. This Applet illustrates superposition, beat frequencies, and the distinction between phase and group velocities.
- Wave Reflection: Reflection of a longitudinal wave.