Topic 3-Waves

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What are waves?
Waves are vibrations that transfer energy from place to place without matter being transferred. There are two types of waves, transverse and longitudinal.
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What is a transverse wave? Name some examples
Light and other types of electromagnetic radiation are transverse waves. Water waves and S waves (a type of seismic wave) are also transverse waves. In transverse waves, the vibrations are at right angles to the direction of travel.
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What is a longitudinal wave? Name some examples
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. In longitudinal waves, the vibrations are along the sa
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What is the amplitude?
The maximum disturbance from it's undisturbed position.
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What is the wavelength?
The distance between one point on one wave and the same point on the next wave.
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What is the frequency?
The frequency of a wave is the number of waves produced by a source each second. (how close the lines are)
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What are the equation for all waves?
1) waves speed (m/s) = frequency (Hz) x wavelength (m) { v=fxλ } 2) wave speed (m/s) = distance (m) ÷ time (s) { S=d÷t }
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What is a transverse wave? Name some examples

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Light and other types of electromagnetic radiation are transverse waves. Water waves and S waves (a type of seismic wave) are also transverse waves. In transverse waves, the vibrations are at right angles to the direction of travel.

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What is a longitudinal wave? Name some examples

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