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Waves #1

Terms & definitions for Waves #1 Investigation

amplitude the height of a peak above the resting line
compression (longitudinal) wave a wave in which the wave's medium is compressed in the same direction as the movement of the wave
crest the highest point of a wave above the resting line
frequency a rate of something that repeats over and over
energy the ability to do work or cause change
kinetic energy energy of movement
node a point where a wave crosses its resting line
pulse a short burst that travels as a wave
reflection the bouncing back of waves off an object
transverse wave a wave in which the movement of the wave's medium is perpendicular to the movement of the wave
trough the lowest point of a wave below the resting line
velocity an object's speed and the direction in which it travels
wave a back and forth pattern of motion that transfers energy
wavelength the distance traveled by one complete wave cycle
medium a substance or material
rarefaction the uncompressed part of a compression (longitudinal) wave
compression the closer together part of a compression (longitudinal) wave
Created by: kpatelunas