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Virtual String Apparatus

Virtual String Apparatus

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 control of the string parameters, which can be set to mimic the conditions seen by students in the real-world lab experiment.


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