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Waves Part 1

TermDefinition
hertz the unit used to express frequency
doppler effect the apparent change in the frequency of a sound caused by the motion of either the listener or the source of the sound
echolocation the process of using reflected sound waves to find objects
wavelength the distance between one point on a wave and the corresponding point on an adjacent wave in a series of waves
amplitude the maximum distance a wave vibrates from its rest position (height of the wave).
frequency the number of waves produced in a given amount of time.
crest the highest point of a transverse wave
trough the lowest point of a transverse wave.
compression a region of higher density or pressure in a longitudinal wave.
rarefaction a region of lower density or pressure in a longitudinal wave
transverse wave a wave in which the particles of the wave's medium vibrate perpendicular to the direction the wave is traveling. (Looks like a snake)
longitudinal wave a wave in which the particles of the medium vibrate back and forth along the path that the wave travels.
vibration the complete back and forth motion of an object.
wave a disturbance that transmits energy through matter or space.
medium a substance through which a wave can travel.
Created by: amgerber