ripple tank

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  • Circular waves can be produced by dropping a single drop of water into the ripple tank.
  • The ripple tank is usually illuminated from above, so that the light shines through the water.
  • A number of wave properties can be demonstrated with a ripple tank.
  • In practice, showing refraction with a ripple tank is quite tricky to do.
  • To the right is a photograph of two-point interference generated in a circular ripple tank.
  • A similar device is the ripple tank, which is flat and shallow and used for observing patterns of surface waves from above.
  • With slight modifications to account for the squaring of amplitudes, the derivation could be applied to, for example, sound waves or water waves in a ripple tank.