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Waves

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wave
a disturbance that transfers energy from one place to another without transferrring matter
medium
materials in which a wave travels
transverse wave
a wave in which the disturbance is perpendicular to the direction the wave travels
crest
highest point on a transverse wave
trough
lowest point on a transverse wave
longitudinal wave
makes the particles in a medium move parallel to the direction that the wave travels
compresssion
region of a longitudinal wave where particles in the medium are closest together
rarefaction
region of a longitudinal wave where the particles are farthest apart
electromagnetic waves
a wave that can travel through empty space
mechanical wave
a wave that can travel only through matter