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Waves

Characteristics of Waves

TermDefinition
amplitude the height of a transverse wave from the center to a crest or trough
frequency the number of waves passing a given point each second
wave a disturbance that transfers energy from place to place
energy the abiity to do work or cause change
medium the material through which a wave travels
mechanical wave a wave that requires a medium through which to travel
vibration a repeated back and forth or up and down motion
transverse wave a wave that moves the medium at right angles to the direction in which the wave travels
crest the highest part of a transverse wave
trough the lowest part of a transverse wave
longitudinal wave a wave that moves the medium in a direction parallel to the direction in which the wave travels
compression the part of a longitudinal wave where the particles of the medium are close together
rarefaction the part of a longitudinal wave where the particles of the medium are far apart
wavelength the distance between the crest of one wave and the crest of the next wave
hertz unit of measurement for frequency
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