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Coupled Oscillations


Coupled Oscillations

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User selects the initial positions of the bodies either by sliding them along the track or by clicking on one of the light blue bars in the frequency spectrum, which puts the system into its corresponding normal mode. [Note: Source code available at -- JW]
Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: May 30, 1997
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 02, 2004
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Submitter: Ric Stewart



Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: yes
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Ryan Dennis
13 years ago

Ryan Dennis (Student)

A good applet representing multiple oscillations. Lacks a few features such as
graphical representations, but effective nonetheless. I suggest for use as a
learning tool. I like the amount of control given to the user. ~RD

Avatar for John Walkup
13 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

A very good applet for those teaching the concept of normal modes. Recommended.

Avatar for Shirley Sung
13 years ago

Shirley Sung (Student)

This applet was a nice demonstration showing the principle of oscillation with
an expanded sytem of three bodies. Though, I think there should be a graphs of
the individual oscillations added. Overall, good. Shirley Sung

Avatar for Mason Cole
13 years ago

Mason Cole (Student)

Not a bad applet for oscillation of more than one object. I have just a few
things I would have fixed. First, I would have made sure to enable the option
to pick the number of objects. Second, it was hard to ascertain the motions of
the objects over time. Last, the square of amplitude gaph at the bottom had me
really confused at first...maybe that could be changed for easier interface.
Still, I'm a nitpicker...this is a really good applet.