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Visualizing Wave Propagation

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Visualize wave propagation through media with different impedances and propagation velocities.


Updated 01 Sep 2016

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Wave Propagation is a natural phenomenon that is important in many physical systems. Text books leave much to be desired regarding visualization of wave propagation since they are not animated. The package has a sequence of 6 models that have both a transient pulse excitation as well as a sine wave excitation. The model sequence starts with a one transmission line version that has user definable source and load impedance and evolves to a three line model using an exponentially tapered matching section.
Using these models, the student can gain an intuitive understanding of transmission, reflection, superposition, impedance matching, Standing Wave Ratio, and many other wave phenomenons.
This work was inspired by the 1959 Bell Labs film on Waves:

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Dick Benson (2022). Visualizing Wave Propagation (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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