Ripple Tank


Ripple Tank
Ripple Tank

Wave properties such as interference are demonstrated with a tabletop wave tank, displayed using an overhead projector.

Principles Illustrated

Wave properties are universal to all waves. Observing diffraction and interference in water waves can help students understand these phenomena in light and sound waves.

NCEA & Science Curriculum

SCI 1.3, PHYS 1.4, PHYS 2.3, PHYS 3.3


Careful lighting is the key. Video does not work very well, it is better to see this demo live. We have various accessories.


Individual teachers are responsible for safety in their own classes. Even familiar demonstrations should be practised and safety-checked by individual teachers before they are used in a classroom.

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This teaching resource was developed with support from

The MacDiarmid Institute
Faculty of Science, Victoria University of Wellington
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington


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