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This animation with accompanying explanation illustrates the principle of wave superposition:  when two (or more) waves travel through the same medium at the same time, the waves pass through each other without being disturbed.  Net displacement of the medium at any point in space or time is the sum of the individual wave displacements.   Author Dan Russell's text provides support for both concept formation and algebraic applications.  It is part of a larger collection of animations on wave motion, acoustics, and sound.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
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- Audio/Visual
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© 2003 Dan Russell
sine waves, superposition of waves, wave interference, wave phenomena
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Russell, D. (2006, April 1). Superposition of Waves. Retrieved April 16, 2024, from
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Russell, Daniel. Superposition of Waves. April 1, 2006. (accessed 16 April 2024).
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Russell, Daniel. Superposition of Waves. 2003. 1 Apr. 2006. 16 Apr. 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Daniel Russell", Title = {Superposition of Waves}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {16 April 2024}, Month = {April 1, 2006}, Year = {2003} }
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