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ERIC Number: EJ843941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
A Versatile Applet to Explore the Wave Behaviour of Particles
Fernandez Palop, J. I.
European Journal of Physics, v30 n4 p771-776 Jul 2009
A pedagogical tool that consists of a Java applet has been developed so that undergraduate students in physics can explore the wave behaviour of particles. The applet executes a simulation in which a two-dimensional wave packet moves towards a slit and an obstacle with variable widths. By changing three parameters, slit width, obstacle width and initial position of the wave packet, different behaviour can be explored such as interference, diffraction produced by a slit, a corner and an obstacle, and bouncing of the wave packet, etc. The usefulness of the applet has been tested in the subject of quantum physics. (Contains 1 footnote, 1 table, and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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