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Waves Vocabulary

properties of waves

wave disturbance that moves through matter or space
energy a force having the power to make things move or do work
medium material through which a wave travels
frequency number of wavelengths that pass a given point in one second
amplitude for a transverse wave, one half the distance between the crest and trough
wavelength distance between a point on one wave and the same point on the next wave
refraction change in direction of a wave when it changes speed as it travels from one material into another
reflection something that is turned back from a surface
transverse mechanical wave that causes particles in matter to move at right angles to the direction the wave travels
compressional mechanical wave that causes particles in matter to move back and forth along the direction the wave travels
transmission the process of sending along
Created by: ILMS