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wave

a disturbance that transfers energy from place to place

energy

the ability to do work

frequency

the number of waves that pass a certain point in a given amount of time; measured in Hertz (Hz) - 1 Hz is one wave per second

wavelength

the distance between two corresponding parts of a wave (such as the distance from crest to crest or trough to trough)

amplitude

the maximum distance that the particles of the medium carrying the wave move away from their rest positions. The greater the amplitude, the greater the energy in a wave.

wave speed

how far the wave travels in a given length of time

mechanical wave

waves that require a medium to travel through

medium

the material that a wave travels through (air, water, etc)

transverse wave

a wave that moves the medium at right angles to the direction in which the wave is traveling

crest

the highest part of a transverse wave

trough

the lowest part of a transverse wave

longitudinal wave

a wave that moves the medium parallel to the direction in which the wave is traveling

compression

the part of a longitudinal wave where the medium is pushed together

rarefaction

the part of a longitudinal wave where the medium is spread apart

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