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Full-Sized Ripple Tank

Best device for demonstrating wave mechanics to your students.

Supplier:  Science First 15430

Catalog No. S520782

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Includes: Coated hardwood, 16 in. (40.6cm) ripple bar with five locations for point sources; 1.5VDC rippler motor with an adjustable counterweight; 29.5 in. (74.9cm) leads with banana plugs; vertical light support; four paraffin blocks; parabolic reflector; sheet of clear plate glass (8 × 8 in./20.3 × 20.3cm) with ground edges for refraction experiments; large white plastic viewing screen; operating instructions.
Complete Ripple Tank also includes high-power light source (S52062) and two adjustable hand strobes (S52060).

Requires : Light source and rippler motor power supply



  • Phenomena of reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction can be clearly demonstrated
  • Wavelength, velocity and frequency can be easily illustrated
  • Variety of wave patterns can be produced using wave generators and reflectors
  • Bottom of tank is a single sheet of optically clear, distortion-free plate glass measuring 18 in. (45.7cm) on a side
  • Hardwood legs come with screw-adjustable feet
  • Heavy-gauge styrene benches (25 × 25 in./63.5 × 63.5cm) form the perimeter of the tank and dampen reflections
  • Legs and vertical light support are removable for easy storage



1.5 V
Ripple Tank
Tank: 60 cm; Glass bottom: 43 cm
Tank: 60 cm; Glass bottom: 43 cm
Tank: 23.6 in.; Glass bottom: 17 in.
For demonstrating wave mechanics to students
Tank: 23.6 in.; Glass bottom: 17 in.
40cm motor driven rippler bar, a hand rippler bar, vertical light support, 4 paraffin blocks, 20x28cm glass plate, parabolic reflector, white plastic viewing screen, 2 adjustable hand strobes and and light source


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