# Science Physics Definitions Of Waves

What is a Longitudinal wave?
The oscillations of a Longitudinal wave are parallel to the direction in which the waves transfer energy.
1 of 10
What is a Transverse wave?
The oscillations of a Transverse wave are per-pendicular to the direction in which the waves transfer energy.
2 of 10
What is the Amplitude of a wave?
The Amplitude of a wave is the maximum displacement of a point on a wave away from its undisturbed position.
3 of 10
What is the Wavelength of a wave?
The Wavelength of a wave is the distance from a point on one wave to the equivalent point on the adjacent wave.
4 of 10
What is the Frequency of a wave?
The Frequency of a wave is the number of waves passing a point each second.
5 of 10
What is the Wave Speed ?
The Wave speed is the speed at which the energy is transferred (or the wave moves.) through the medium.
6 of 10
Examples Of Longitudinal waves?
Sound waves and waves in a stretched spring are longitudinal waves. P waves (relatively fast moving longitudinal seismic waves that travel through liquids and solids) are also longitudinal waves.
7 of 10
Examples Of Transverse waves?
Light and other types of electromagnetic radiation are transverse waves. All types of electromagnetic waves travel at the same speed through a vacuum, such as through space.
8 of 10
Motion of Longitudinal waves...
Longitudinal waves show area of compression and rarefaction. The areas of compression are where the parts of the spring are close together, while the areas of rarefaction are where they are far apart.
9 of 10
Motion of Transverse waves...
In transverse waves, the oscillations (vibrations) are at right angles to the direction of travel and energy transfer.
10 of 10

## Other cards in this set

### Card 2

#### Front

What is a Transverse wave?

#### Back

The oscillations of a Transverse wave are per-pendicular to the direction in which the waves transfer energy.

### Card 3

#### Front

What is the Amplitude of a wave?

#### Back ### Card 4

#### Front

What is the Wavelength of a wave?

#### Back ### Card 5

#### Front

What is the Frequency of a wave?

#### Back 