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is a repeating disturbance movement or vibration

mechanical waves

Waves that need a medium to travel through

transverse waves

waves that move the medium at right angles to the direction in which the waves travel

compressional waves

A wave in which matter vibrates in the same direction as the energy waves traveling through it.


the distance (measured in the direction of propagation) between two points in the same phase in consecutive cycles of a wave


the number of observations in a given statistical category

wave speed

the speed at which a wave travels


the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material)


the change in direction of a propagating wave (light or sound) when passing from one medium to another


the height of a wave's crest


reach a high point


a long narrow shallow receptacle


a region in a sound wave where there are fewer air particles than normal


applying pressure


an occupation for which you are especially well suited

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