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Wave Basics

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what is Amplitude? rest position to the crest
what is wavelength? from crest to crest
what is the frequency? the number of complete waves passing a certain point per second . measured in hertz (Hz) 1Hz is 1 wave per second
what are Transverse waves? they have sideways vibrations. most waves are transverse the vibrations are perpendicular (90 degrees) to the direction of energy transfer of the wave
what are longitudinal waves? they have vibrations along the same line the vibrations are parallel to the direction of energy transfer of the wave
give 4 examples of transverse waves 1. light and all other EM waves 2. ripples on water 3. waves on strings 4. a slinky spring wiggled up and down
give 3 examples of longitudinal waves 1. sound waves and ultrasound 2. shock waves 3. a slinky spring when you push the end
how do you find wave speed/velocity? frequency x wavelength
Created by: rv1