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Mariah's Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant
wavelength the distance between one peak and the next in a wave, or between one trough and the next
amplitude height or "strength" of a wave
frequency the number of cycles a wave completes in a period of time; the number of times something happens in a period of time
reflection a change in the direction of a wave when it hits a barrier and bounces back
refraction a change in the direction and velocity which occurs when a seismic or electromagnetic wave travels from one material into another of different density, state, or elasticity
volume the loudness or softness of a sound that you hear
pitch the perceived frequency of a sound wave
electromagnetic wave a wave that can transport its energy through a vacuum
conduction a wave that can transport its energy through a vacuum
convection the transfer of heat through a fluid
radiation a process by which energetic electromagnetic waves move from one place to another
law of reflection specifies that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection
law of refraction compares the angle of incidence to the angle of refraction.
Created by: mariah.brielle