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Waves,Sound,Light

TermDefinition
Waves a disturbances that propagate energy through a medium.
Mechanical Waves a wave that is an oscillation of matter, and therefore transfers energy through a medium.
Transverse Wave a wave vibrating at right angles to the direction of its propagation.
Compressional Wave produce compression and rarefaction when traveling through a medium
Electromagnetic Waves synchronized oscillations of electric and magnetic fields that propagate at the speed of light through a vacuum.
Amplitude the maximum height of the wave crest above the level of calm water, or the maximum depth of the wave trough below the level of calm water.
Wavelength the distance between successive crests of a wave, especially points in a sound wave or electromagnetic wave.
Frequency the number of crests of a wave that move past a given point in a given unit of time.
Reflection The change in direction of a wave, such as a light or sound wave, away from a boundary the wave encounters.
Refraction the fact or phenomenon of light, radio waves, etc., being deflected in passing obliquely through the interface between one medium and another or through a medium of varying density.
Diffraction a process by which light waves break up into dark and light bands or into the colors of the spectrum.
Interference the combination of two or more electromagnetic waveforms to form a resultant wave in which the displacement is either reinforced or canceled.
Created by: keion123