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Properies of Waves

properties of waves, light, color, sound waves

TermDefinition
Wave A disturbance that transfers energy from one place to another
Medium The material that a wave travels through
Electromagnetic Wave Transverse waves that can travel without a medium
Mechanical Wave A wave that requires a medium to travel through
Transverse Wave A wave that moves the medium perpendicular to the direction of the energy
Longitudinal Wave A wave that moves the medium parallel to the direction of the energy
Amplitude The amount of energy that a wave carries
Frequency The number of waves in a certain period of time
Wavelength The distance between two corresponding parts of a wave
Compression The part of a longitudinal wave where the particles are squeezed together
Crest The top of a transverse wave
Trough The bottom of a transverse wave
Rarefaction The part of a longitudinal wave where the particles are spread apart
Created by: 6thGradeScience