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Waves

TermDefinition
Wave e a disturbance that transmits energy through matter or space.
Medium a substance through which a wave can travel.
Transverse wave a wave in which the particles of a wave’s medium vibrate perpendicularly to the direction the wave is traveling.
Longitudinal wave a wave in which the particles of the medium vibrate back and forth along the path that the wave travels.
Amplitude the maximum distance a wave vibrates from is rest position.
Wavelength the distance between one point on a wave and the corresponding point on an adjacent wave
Frequency the number of waves produced in a given amount of time
Wave Speed the speed at which a wave travels
Reflection the bouncing back of a wave after it strikes a barrier or an object
Refraction the bending of a wave as it passes at an angle from one medium to another
Diffraction the bending of waves around a barrier or through and opening
Created by: meagancordova