General Wave Properties

Term Definition
Wave a transfer of energy from one point to another via a traveling disturbance
wavelength distance from successive crest to crest or trough to trough. It is measure in meters.
crest the highest point of a wavelength
trough the lowest point of wavelength
frequency number of waves passing by per second. It is measured in hertz.
amplitude the maximum displacement of the wave. it is the distance from the middle of the wave to the crest
mechanical waves waves that are produced by a source of oscillations and required a medium for the energy to move. Some examples are sound waves, water waves and stadium waves.
electromagnetic waves waves that are produced by the vibration of charged particles and does require a medium so energy can travel through empty space.
medium substance that waves travel through
transverse waves waves that travel perpendicular to direction of motion.
longitudinal waves waves that travel parallel to the direction of motion. This is done by the compressions and rarefactions in the medium that they are traveling in.
Reflection waves bounce off a material and goes in a new direction
refraction wave passes through a material and bends. Think contact lens.
Diffraction waves bends around or goes through a hole in a material
Absorption wave is absorbed by a material and may disappear. An example is sound proofing material
constructive interference waves add up and build up a larger wave of higher amplitude
destructive interference waves combine and make a wave of smaller amplitude

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