CP Sci 9- 1st Sem.
Gen Chem - 1st Sem.
Types of Waves:
1. Describe factors that affect the speed of waves.
2. Distinguish between transverse and longitudinal waves.
Transverse Wave Longitudinal Wave
is a disturbance that transfers energy through matter or space.
travel through a medium:
A medium is any substance or region through which a wave is transmitted.
The speed of a wave is dependant on four factors: wavelength, frequency, medium, and temperature. Wave speed is calculated by multiplying the wavelength times the frequency (speed = l * f). Certain conditions make the following calculations easy.
As waves travel through a medium two properties affect wave speed
Water – wave is up & down but motion is forward
The motion of the wave is in the direction of the motion of the medium (parallel) These types of waves are also known as compression waves.
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