Stringwave

Stringwave

Stringwave is a seemingly simple physics toy that can keep you busy for a while! Change the settings and parameters and see what your waves and echos are like. This is something my grandmother would call "a play-pretty" and my father the scientist would call "addictive". Link -via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

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This is actually a fun experiment in real life. All you need is a string (ones with small, horizontal stripes work best for visualization), a mechanical oscillator, and a signal generator
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This is a good example of what I love about Neatorama. I don't know where you find all the physics simulations, but they are great! Keep them coming!

I did my graduate work in dynamics (vibration emphasis), so I can tell you that programming something like this is non-trivial. There are a lot of short cuts that could have gotten the basic points across, but they took the time to make it really physically meaningful.
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