Physics - Waves

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mechanical wave
a wave which requires a medium to propagate
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electromagnetic wave
a wave which can propagate in a vacuum
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transverse
particles oscillate PERPENDICULAR to the direction of propagation
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longitundinal
particles oscillate PARALLEL to the direction of propagation
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amplitude
the maximum displacement - from centre to peak - from centre to trough
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wavelength
the distance between two similar points on a wave - peak-to-peak - trough-to-trough
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frequency
the number of waves that pass a point in one second
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period
the time to complete ONE cylce
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EQUATION; period =
1 / frequency
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a wave which can propagate in a vacuum

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electromagnetic wave

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particles oscillate PERPENDICULAR to the direction of propagation

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Card 4

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particles oscillate PARALLEL to the direction of propagation

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Card 5

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the maximum displacement - from centre to peak - from centre to trough

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