Ripple tanks are really cool ways to explore the way a wave behaves under the influence of a perturbation.
They are fairly simple to make, and are usually available in college and school laboratories to render better understanding of the wave phenomenon.
How does it work ?
There is a usually an oscillating paddle( above– used to produce plane waves) or a point source/s ( below – used to produce circular waves ) which are actuated by eccentric motors, solenoids, etc + a shallow tank of water.
And that’s about it! One is ready to visualize wave phenomenon
Here are some of my favorite renditions of physical phenomenon on a ripple tank. Check sources for more. Enjoy!
2.Double slit experiment
5. Parabolic Reflectors
A gif is worth a thousand pages. 😀
* Since the maximum gif size that one can upload on Tumblr is 2 Mb, the images had to be resized. The unedited album of gifs has been uploaded to Imgur (click here) if you are interested 😀
Next in this series : The beauty of interference.
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