In order to help students visualise a wavefront, a 3-D image is usually used to show the imaginary line joining particles in phase. I created the Geogebra apps below to allow students to change the wavefront and observe it move with time at a constant wave speed. There represent simplified versions of waves on a
GeoGebra link: https://www.geogebra.org/m/f7faw3r6 This simple Geogebra app allows students to observe the oscillation of a particle perpendicular to the direction of energy transfer.
Try using the values in this simulation to find the velocity of this wave! Let me have your answer in the comment section! Update on 21 August 2018: The latest iteration of this App is found here:
I am once again exploring the use of Geogebra to create simulations for Physics. This is what I managed to put together. It serves to help students visualise how a particle in a transverse wave moves. The slider allows the user to pick any particle along the horizontal direction of the wave.
A physics demonstration on how to measure the speed of sound in air using Audacity, an open source audio recording software. There are Windows and Mac versions of this free software, and even a portable version that can run off a flash drive without needing to be installed on a computer (for school systems with
I created this simulation for use later this semester with my IP4 classes, to illustrate the concept of phase difference between two oscillating particles.
In what seems like a counter-intuitive demonstration, we can place a polarizing filter in between two other filters which do not transmit light in order to cause light to pass through again. This is because each filter will permit the components of electric field vectors of the electromagnetic waves that are parallel to its axis
Using a pair of polarizing sunglasses, you can demonstrate the effects of polarization together with a computer screen which is also polarizing. When the axes of polarization of the two polarizing screens are rotated, the brightness alternates between bright and dark. Light coming from a computer screen is usually polarized. In the video below, when
Audacity is a free audio recording and editing software downloadable from http://audacity.sourceforge.net. It is cross-platform meaning you can run it on PC or Mac. Once you have the software installed, you can try out some of its simpler functions, such as recording and playing back. You can also generate tones of known frequencies, which will be