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The Nature of Waves 4/4/18
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What is a Wave?
A wave is a repeating disturbance or movement that transfers energy through matter or space
Waves and Matter
All waves have property--they carry energy without transporting matter from place to place.
In a transverse wave, the matter in the medium moves back and forth at right angles to the direction that the wave travels.
- In a compressional wave, matter in the medium moves back and forth along the same direction that the wave travels.
- An example of this would be a coil
Sound waves are compressional waves
Sound in Other Materials
Sound waves also travel through other mediums, such as water and wood.
Particles in these mediums also are pushed together and move apart as the sound waves travel through them.
Visualizing Formation of Ocean Waves
Fully Developed Seas
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