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Overview

Wave Drivers have a basic function; to provide variable-frequency, variable-amplitude mechanical vibrations for the lab. This simple function has endless applications:

  • Driving waves on strings and wires
  • Vibration modes of plates (Chladni)
  • Resonances of wire loops (Bohr atom model)
  • Vibration modes of springs
  • Resonance of anything that vibrates.

The Mechanical Wave Driver is tough and versatile and can be used to vary amplitude and/or drive any wave experiment at specified frequencies.

Different PASCO products can be used to power the Wave Driver.

Features

  • Frequency Response: From 0.1 to 5000 Hz with an amplitude of approximately 5 mm up to about 50 Hz.
  • Mounts Vertically or Horizontally: Designed to sit upright on a table, on its side or mounted on a 12.7 mm (1/2 inch) rod.
  • Driving Signal Required: Requires a function generator with a minimum of ±8 V@0.5 A. An accurate measurement of frequency is necessary for quantitative resonance experiments.
  • A Variety of Accessories Available.

Buying Guide

1814
SE-9751
Banana Plug Cord-Black (5 Pack)
1
2068071
SE-9415A
2 Meter Patch Cord Set
1
Required

To use the Mechanical Wave Driver a pair of Patch Cords is required.  We recommend either the 75 cm or 200 cm (2 m) version.

Banana Plug Cord-Black (5 Pack)   SE-9751
2 Meter Patch Cord Set   SE-9415A
54781
WA-9867
Sine Wave Generator
1
57530
PI-8127
Function Generator
1
629561
UI-5000
850 Universal Interface
1
Required - One of the following

The mechanical wave driver requires a function generator providing up to 1 A to an 8 Ω impedance.  Among current PASCO products the options are:

Sine Wave Generator   WA-9867
Function Generator   PI-8127
850 Universal Interface   UI-5000
1594
WA-9607
Chladni Plates Kit
1
54943
SE-7319
Chladni Violin Plate
1
1596
SF-9404
Metal Resonance Strips
1
1595
WA-9401
Longitudinal Wave Spring
1
1597
SE-9409
Elastic Wave Cord
1
1598
SF-9405
Resonance Wire Loop
1
Accessories

All of the following are PASCO products that can be driven with the Mechanical Wave Driver

Chladni Plates Kit   WA-9607
Chladni Violin Plate   SE-7319
Metal Resonance Strips   SF-9404
Longitudinal Wave Spring   WA-9401
Elastic Wave Cord   SE-9409
Resonance Wire Loop   SF-9405
340281
SF-9322
Slot String Holder (set of 4)
1
340282
SF-9323
Hole String Holder (set of 4)
Replacement Parts
Slot String Holder (set of 4)   SF-9322
Hole String Holder (set of 4)   SF-9323