A single particle bounces between two walls as shown. A measurement is made every tenth of a second and a histogram is constructed from these measurements.
Explain the position and velocity histograms.
Why are the heights of the position histogram not very uniform after a few bounces? Do they become more uniform with time? If so, why?
Why are the two extreme values of the histogram lower than all the other values?
This script makes extensive use of inter-applet communication. The moving particle is a Physlet data source that generates x, y, vx, and vy values. These values are passed to the histogram filter. This filter sorts the incoming data into the appropriate bins and then passes the resulting histogram to the DataGraph Physlets.
Jar files: Animator4_.jar, DataGraph4_.jar, Filters4_.jar, STools4.jar
Script by Wolfgang Christian
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