Recommended for High School through College.
A wave is different from a particle because it can move between two locations without any matter moving from one place to another. Instead wave motion involves only the transmission of energy. Suppose the ends of a long stretched slinky are clamped and two wave pulses travel toward each other in opposite directions.
In this activity, you will
- Explore what happens before, during, and after these pulses meet.
- Learn about the principle of wave superposition.
Software for Experiment
This experiment uses Logger Pro software for video analysis. The video for analysis is included with the lab book.