Mechanical Waves Vocab

Mechanical Waves Vocab

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  • Wavelength The distance between two crests or two troughs
  • A wavelength is the distance from crest to crest or trough to trough
  • Crests The highest point on a wave
  • A crest is at the very top of the wave
  • Transverse Wave Energy causes the matter in the medium to move up & down or back & forth at right angles to the direction the waves travel.
  • Transverse waves are like the waves in the ocean.
  • Medium  A substance that makes possible the transfer of energy from one location to another, especially through waves.
  • Medium is A.K.A matter
  • Energy The capacity or power to do work, such as the capacity to move an object (of a given mass) by the application of force.
  • Energy is everywhere in the air
  • Compression A region in a longitudinal wave where the particles are closest together
  • In a compressional wave the lines that are really close is the compression
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