3B22.10 - Standing Waves in a String - Hanging Motor

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Demo Title:
Standing Waves in a String - Hanging Motor
Standing Waves on a String.
Area of Study:
Motor with battery pack on a fishing swivel, bright colored string.

Start the motor and let it hang from the end of the string.  Adjust the length of the string until standing waves are visible.  Up to seven nodes should be obtainable. 

NOTE:  The motor must be balanced around the center of mass for this to work well.

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