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Name: _________________ <<< Waves Intro >>> Goal: Students will be able to utilize relationships between various wave parameters to derive a mathematical relationship and describe qualitatively the two types of waves that are present within physics. Introduction By now, we have examined the basics of waves. Waves represent some kind of motion that occurs in a medium . (A medium is a space that waves can travel in, such as water or air). One example includes water waves that are present within the ocean. In this case, the waves travel through the medium of water. Earlier, we took notes on three key physics terms that deal with waves: frequency, wavelength, and amplitude. In your own words, define the terms frequency, wavelength, and amplitude. If it helps, draw a picture to represent the word you’re talking about. Word Definition Picture Amplitude Symbol: A Units: none Frequency Symbol: f Units: Hertz [Hz] Wavelength Symbol: λ Units: meters [m] New Physics Terms As you’ll see in the Physics Classroom “Simple Wave Simulator” activity , the terms frequency, wavelength, and amplitude are all present. However, we have two new terms: “period” and “wave speed”. Period refers to the time that it takes for one wavelength to occur. It is measured in seconds. Wave Speed refers to how quickly a wave travels. It is measured in meters per second. The simulation uses all five of these terms. While you may not yet be comfortable using the terms, part of this activity is designed for you to get more familiar with 1
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  • Fall '19
  • Tom McGuire
  • Frequency, Wavelength

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