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Waves: Slinky Lab

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Students are asked to design an experiment to demonstrate that waves pass through each other on a slinky rather than bouncing off of each other.

Which of the following procedures below will give the needed proof?

A

Send two pulses of equal magnitude on the same side of the spring and look at the constructive interference when they meet and the pulses after that point again.

B

Create a standing wave on the slinky with a node in the middle to show that the wave continues on either side of the node.

C

Send two pulses with different amplitudes toward each other and observe what happens after they pass.

D

Generate a pulse and then a second identical pulse on the opposite side of the spring and observe if they continue with the same phase.