Superposition Principle of Wave last modified :
This java applet shows the "Superposition Principle of wave"
When two or more wave moving through the same region of space,
waves will superimpose and produce a well-defined combined effect.
Wave maintain their integrity upon overlapping (without themselves being permanently changed).
Blue colored wave + green colored wave ==> red colored wave
Blue wave moving toward right,(with fixed frequency f)
Press the -/+ button: change the direction of green wave.
two waves with same frequency and amplitude but opposite direction ==> standarding wave.
What if two wave with different amplitude?
Wavelength: enter wavelength λ for blue/yellow waves,
Frequency: enter frequency f for blue/yellow waves,
Wave is not necessary moves with the same speed.
We can calculate wave speed v = f*λ
Waves with two different wavelength produce beats phenomenon. (sample GIF picture)
Change parameters with mouse
Change phase between two waves:
Move mouse near the center line, click mouse button and drag it left or right
Change amplitude for each wave
Move mouse near the highest point of wave, click mouse button and drag it up and down.
Suspend the animation: click the mouse button.
|click left mouse button||The animation resumes
when the mouse button is released
|click right mouse button||The animation resumes
when click mouse button again
Click mouse button twice quickly to change the time scale:
Click left mouse button: slow down by a factor of 1.5
Click right mouse button: faster by a factor of 1.5
Your comments/suggestions are highly appreciated. My E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Author：Fu-Kwun Hwang Dept. of physics National Taiwan Normal University