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Ch. 1 Section 3 Wave Interactions
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Ch. 1 Section 3 Wave Interactions - reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, standing wave
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reflection
the bouncing back of an object or a wave when it hits a surface through which it cannot pass
law of reflection
the rule that the angle of reflection equals the angle of incidence
refraction
the bending of waves as they enter a new medium at an angle
diffraction
the bending of waves as they move around a barrier or pass through an opening
interference
the interaction between waves that meet
constructive interference
the interference that occurs when waves combine to make a wave with a larger amplitude
destructive interference
the interference that occurs when two waves combine to make a wave with a smaller amplitude
standing wave
a wave that appears to stand in one place, even though it is really two waves interfering as they pass through each other
node
a point of ZERO amplitude on a standing wave
antinode
a point of MAXIMUM amplitude on a standing wave
resonance
the increase in the amplitude of a vibration that occurs when external vibrations match an object's natural frequency
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