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waves

TermDefinition
Mechanical is a wave that is not capable of transmitting its energy through a vacuum.
Electromagnetic of or relating to the interrelation of electric currents or fields and magnetic fields.
transverve situated or extending across something.
compresional a longitudinal wave (as a sound wave) propagated by the elastic compression of the medium —called also compression wave.
rarefraction is the reduction of an item's density, the opposite of compression
wave a long body of water curling into an arched form and breaking on the shore.
crest A crest is a point on the wave where the displacement of the medium is at a maximum.
amplitude the maximum extent of a vibration or oscillation, measured from the position of equilibrium.
base line a minimum or starting point used for comparisons
trough A point on the wave is a trough if the displacement of the medium at that point is at a minimum.
wave length the distance between successive crests of a wave, especially points in a sound wave or electromagnetic wave.
reflected (of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it.
absorbed Matter can capture electromagnetic radiation and convert the energy of a photon to internal energy. This process is called absorption. Energy is transferred from the radiation field to the absorbing species.
transmitted cause (something) to pass on from one place or person to another.
opaque not able to be seen through; not transparent.
translucent allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through; semitransparent.
transparent allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen.
compression the action of compressing or being compressed.
nuclear reactions a change in the identity or characteristics of an atomic nucleus that results when it is bombarded with an energetic particle, as in fission, fusion, or radioactive decay.
opaque not able to be seen through; not transparent.
reflect (of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it
transmit cause (something) to pass on from one place or person to another.
absorb take in or soak up (energy, or a liquid or other substance) by chemical or physical action, typically gradually.
Created by: themadrid7