Wave Basics

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Displacement
Is the position of a particular point on a wave, at a particular instant in time
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Amplitude
Is the magnitude of the maximum displacement reached by an oscillation in a wave
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Frequency
The number of wave cycles per second
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Wavelength
The distance between a point of a wave and the same point of the next cycle of the wave
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Phase
The stage at a given point on a wave through a complete cycle
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Wave speed
The rate of movement of the wave
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Transverse Waves
A wave where oscillations occur perpendicular to the direction of movement of wave
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Longitudinal Waves
A wave where oscillations occur parallel to the direction of movement of the wave
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Compression
An area in a longitudinal wave in which the particle oscillations are close together
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Rarefraction
An area in a longitudinal wave in which the particle oscillations are further apart
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Is the magnitude of the maximum displacement reached by an oscillation in a wave

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Amplitude

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The number of wave cycles per second

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The distance between a point of a wave and the same point of the next cycle of the wave

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The stage at a given point on a wave through a complete cycle

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