Topics 2.1 and 2.4 - General Properties of Waves and Reflection

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What can waves transfer?
Waves can transfer energy and information without transferring matter
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What happens in a transverse wave?
In a transverse wave the oscillations are perpendicular to the direction of energy transfer
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What happens in a longitudinal wave?
In a longitudinal wave the oscillations are parallel to the direction of energy transfer
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What waves are Transverse?
Electromagnetic waves are transverse
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What waves are longitudinal?
Sound waves are longitudinal?
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What waves can be both transverse and longitudinal?
Mechanical waves
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What can waves be?
Waves can be reflected, refracted or diffracted
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What happens when identical waves overlap?
They interfere with one another
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How can waves be described?
In terms of their frequency, wavelength, time period and amplitude
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What is the relationship between wave speed, frequency and wavelength?
Wave Speed = Frequency x Wavelength
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What happens when waves are reflected?
The angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection
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What is the normal?
The normal is a construction line perpendicular to the reflecting surface at the point of incidence
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How can the image of an object reflected in a plane mirror be described?
Virtual, Upright, Laterally Inverted
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What happens in a transverse wave?

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In a transverse wave the oscillations are perpendicular to the direction of energy transfer

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What happens in a longitudinal wave?

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What waves are Transverse?

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