Virtual String Apparatus
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Virtual String Apparatus


Virtual String Apparatus

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We have created a computer program that simulates a vibrating string, and allows the user to perform experiments similar to those performed with an actual vibrating string apparatus used in physics lab experiments. Our simulation is unique in several respects: it produces the sound due to the vibrating string, it has a high-quality 3d display, it runs on multiple platforms (Linux, MacOS, and Windows), and it computes and displays the frequency spectrum of the sound. It allows for interactive... More
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Executable Program
Date Added to MERLOT: July 08, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 08, 2013
Keywords: fft, audio, physics, 3d, sound, string, vibration, frequency, simulation


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: MacOS 10.6 or greater
Windows (win32)
Linux (Ubuntu 12.04)
Source code available
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: yes
Accessiblity Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: no


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