PURPOSE: To demonstrate standing waves.
DESCRIPTION: Standing waves can be generated with either (1) both ends fixed, (2) one end fixed and one end free, or (3) both ends free. Either use your hand or the motorized drive; your hand possesses better feedback for small adjustments in frequency. A metronome is available for comparing the frequencies of various harmonics.
REFERENCES: (PIRA 3B22.30)See Demonstration Reference File for further information and experiments.
EQUIPMENT: Shive Wave Machine with clamp; driver and metronome upon request.
SETUP TIME: None.
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