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Wave Webquest

Wave Webquest

Directions: Check out the links , then answer the questions. More importantly, understand the answers to each question. (Let me know if there are any links that do not work.)


 


Basic Wave Phenomena

  1. What is a "wave"? What is necessary for a wave? How do particles within the medium travel? How do they NOT travel?
  2. For each type of wave listed, describe how the particles are moving relative to the direction the wave is traveling (direction of "propagation"). Longitudinal, Transverse, Water Waves.
  3. Explain why longitudinal and transverse waves are named the way they are.
  4. What happens to the motion of the particles in a water wave, as the depth increases?
  5. What are areas of "compression" and "rarefraction", and in which type of wave do they apply?
  6. Using a diagram, label the parts of a transverse wave, including crest, trough, amplitude (+ and -), phase, and the three ways to measure the wavelength.
  7. Define the word "frequency".
  8. What are "periodic waves"?
  9. How does frequency apply to periodic waves?
  10. How does increasing the wavelength affect the frequency?
  11. How does increasing the wave speed affect the frequency?
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