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Types and Parts of Waves
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a disturbance that travels through space and matter transferring energy from one place to another
requires a medium (matter to travel through); examples are sound waves, water waves, seismic waves, and waves traveling through a spring
can travel through a vacuum (empty space); doesn't need a medium (matter) but can go through matter. Examples include light, microwaves, radio waves, and X-rays.
wave moves left to right, while the "disturbance" moves up and down. An example is fans in a stadium doing the "wave."
compression (longitudinal) wave
the disturbance moves in the same direction as the wave; examples are sound or a moving slinky
the top part of the wave
the valley between the bottom of two waves
horizontal distance between two crests or two troughs
distance from the undisturbed level of the wave to a crest or trough; tells how much strength a wave has
the undisturbed, calm middle of the wave
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