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Wave vocab.

vocabulary from Ch 4B

Photon – a bundle of energy that is released when an atom loses some energy
Frequency the number of waves that pass a point in a given amount of time
Amplitude The distance between a wave’s mid-point and its crests and troughs
Transverse wave a wave in which the crests and troughs move at right angles to the direction of the wave travels
Convex mirror a mirror whose center section curves toward an object
Concave mirror a mirror whose center section curves away from an object
Refraction the bending of a light wave as it moves from one material to another
Focal point the point at which light rays meet when reflected or refracted
Laser light a light of a single wavelength with all the waves lined up
Opaque does not allow light to pass through
Transparent allows light to pass through so that objects on the other side can be seen
Compressional wave wave in which matter vibrates in the same direction as the energy waves traveling through it
Intensity a measure of the amount of energy in a wave
Sonar A device which uses sound waves to measure distance
Music pleasant sound with regular wave patterns
Noise sound with no regular wave pattern
Octave a musical sequence in which the top note has twice the frequency of the bottom note
Created by: cscienceteacher