This is an experiment relating to wave motion appropriate for middle school physical science or high school physics. Slinky springs can be easily manipulated to produce both transverse or longitudinal waves, allowing users to compare and contrast them. This experiment explains how to create pulses and continuous waves using both Slinkies and rubber tubing, which produce pulses of different shape. The experiment can be very simple or may be adapted for use in more advanced classes. SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a companion experiment using dynamics trolleys to model a dispersive system, as opposed to the continuous system represented by a Slinky. This item is part of a much larger collection of physics/astronomy experiments, sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics and funded by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre.


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