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The 8-Segment String: Newton's Law


The 8-Segment String: Newton's Law

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Consider first a light string divided into n (8 in this case) equal segments of length L with a point mass M attached at the junction between each segment.
Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: March 02, 1998
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 21, 2011
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  • Editor Review avg: 4 rating
  • User Rating: 2 user rating
  • Discussion (1 Comment)
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Primary Audience: Grade School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for John Walkup
14 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

This provides some nice graphical displays of wave motion, although this is a common demo. Contains a good description to go along with the demo.

Technical Remarks:

Although users have a few choices as to the initial conditions, there isn't any interactivity offered by these applets. Furthermore, there are essentially no controls (such as the ability to start and stop the simulation) provided.