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Wave properties & characteristics

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mechanical wave
Waves that must have a medium to travel
crest
top part of the wave
trough
bottom part of the wave
amplitude
height of a wave, related to the wave's energy
frequency
number of full waves that pass in specific amount of time, the identity of a wave
wavelength
distance between two similar parts of a wave
medium
Any solid, liquid or gas that allows a wave to travel
wave speed
the speed at which a wave travels through a medium
wave speed equation
wave speed = frequency x wavelength
seismic waves
vibrations that travel through Earth carrying the energy released during an earthquake
pulse
Disturbance to start a "wave" of energy
aerial view
view from above; bird's eye view
side view
the view looking from the side
Compression Wave (Longitudinal Wave)
Wave that the particles move backwards and forwards in the same direction as the energy transfer
Transverse wave
A wave that moves the medium in a direction perpendicular to the direction in which the wave travels