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WFU Physics Lecture Demonstrations
Waves on a Wave Machine
A transverse wave can be seen to travel up and down
the length of a wave machine. An end can be fixed so that free end reflections
(non-inverted) and fixed end reflections (inverted) can be seen. Different
sized machines can be linked to show reflection and transmission at boundaries
and density changes (wave is slower in higher density mediums).