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Waves

Waves for Mr.Shirley's class

TermDefinition
Transverse waves A wave vibrating at right angles to the direction of its propagation
Longitudinal waves A wave vibrating in the direction of propagation
Crest The highest point on a transverse wave
Trough The lowest point on a transverse wave
Compressions A region in a longitudinal wave where the particles are closest together.
Rarefractions A region in a longitudinal wave where the particles are furthest apart
Electromagnetic spectrum The range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation and their respective wavelengths
Frequency The number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit of time
Amplitude A measure of the displacement of the wave from its rest position
Wavelength The distance between two crests
Created by: Dylan Gravitt