Creating interactive acoustics animations using Mathematica's Computable Document Format

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Abstract

The computational and graphical prowess of Mathematica has long made it a powerful educational tool for creating effective animations of acoustic and vibration phenomena [D. Russell, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 106, 2197 (1999) and V.W. Sparrow and D.A. Russell, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 103, 2987 (1998)]. Once an animation has been created within Mathematica it is relatively easy to convert the animation to an animated GIF file for display on a webpage [D. Russell, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 114, 2308 (2003)]. However, such animations, while effective at communicating or illustrating complicated acoustic phenomena, are "static" in the sense that they are not interactive and a person viewing the animation cannot change parameters. Recently Wolfram Research implemented a new Computable Document Format that allows interactive plots and animations to be inserted into webpages and electronic documents. A free CDF player from Wolfram allows viewers to interact with plots and animations by moving sliders to change values of parameters. This talk will demonstrate the process of creating a CDF animation for embedding in a webpage. Other, more complex, demonstrations will also be showcased to illustrate the potential capabilities of CDF as an educational tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025006
JournalProceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
Volume19
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 19 2013
Event21st International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2013 - 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Jun 2 2013Jun 7 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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