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Waves

Wave Studystack

TermDefinition
Wave A disturbance that transfers energy from a place to place
Move Mechanical waves are created when a source of energy caused a medium to
Frequency The speed of a wave is its wavelength multiplied by its
Refraction The bending of waves due to a change in speed
Defraction The bending of waves around the edge of a barrier
Interference The interaction between two waves that meet
Constructive Interference Waves that combine to make a larger wave
Standing Wave When waves reflect in such a way that the wave appears to stand still
Resonant When vibrations traveling through an object match the object's natural frequency
A wave travels through a medium because? The energy passed from particle to particle
Mechanical waves are classified according to How they move
Frequency is measured in units called... Hertz
When a wave hits a surface through which it can not pass and bounces back, it undergoes... Reflection
Waves combine to produce a smaller or zero-amplitude wave in a process called... Destructive interference
Why do you see lightning from a distant storm before you hear thunder? Because the speed of light is faster than the speed of sound.
Compression and rarefaction are characteristics of what type of wave Longitudinal Wave
The distance between two consecutive crests of a wave is called the... Wavelength
Created by: HunterMears