Jquery Applet Access

I have to access an applet's methods (specifically nano gong) using JQuery. Code snippet below.

The first line, the traditional selector works, however the second line below fails. I can use the old selector, however I am unsure why this should fail. Thanks.

                  var applet = document.getElementById("nanoGong");
                  //var applet = $('#nanoGong');
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David S.Commented:
The second line is different because it return a jQuery object, not an element reference. To get the element reference with jQuery, use the "get" method:

var applet = $('#nanoGong').get(0);

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