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Wave Vocabulary


amplitude greatest distance from crest of a wave
crest hight point of a wave
diffraction bending of waves around the edge of an obstacle
electromagnetic wave wave that consists of electric and magnetic fields and does not require a medium to exist
frequency number of waves that pass a certain point in a given amount of time
interference interaction of waves that occur at the same place at the same time
longitudinal wave wave in which the motion of the medium is parallel to the direction of the wave
mechanical wave a wave that disturbs a medium
medium material through which a mechanical wave travels
reflection bouncing back of waves upon reaching another surface
refraction bending of waves due to a change in speed
resonant frequency frequency at which a standing wave occurs
standing wave wave that does not appear to be moving, occurs at the natural frequency of the material
surface wave wave that consists of transverse and longitudinal waves and occurs at the surface between two different mediums
transverse wave wave in which the motion of the medium is at right angles to the direction of the wave
trough lowpoint of a wave
vibration movement that follows the same path over and over again
wave traveling disturbance that carries energy from one place to another
wavelength distance between two consecutive similar points on a wave
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