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Bell Ringer: Addition of Waves

Published on 08/26/2010

Activity Overview

Students use equations to model transverse sinusoidal waves.

Key Steps

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    Students study the net waveforms produced when transverse sinusoidal waves are added.

     

    First, they study the effects of varying wavelength and amplitude on the shape of the wave.

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    Next, they vary the amplitudes and frequencies of two waves and observe the effects on the net waveform.

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    Finally, they change the offset of the two waves by various multiples of pi and observe the effects on the net waveform.