Sarah Edwards Mr. LaRock OCS 1005 25 March 2008 2. Q: How do particles move in an ocean wave? How is that movement similar or different from the movement of particles in a wave of a spring or a rope? How does this relate to a stadium wave- a waveform made by sports fans in a circular arena? A: Particles of a sea wave move in circular motions called orbits. These orbits move particles up and forward then down and back. For waves in water, the actual water is not moving, but energy is being passed through it to create a wave. For example, when energy is passed through a spring a wave can be seen, but the spring itself does not move. In a stadium wave, each individual moves very little, but a larger circular wave is created. 3. Q: What is the general relationship between wavelength and wave speed? How does water movement in a wave change with depth? A: The longer a wavelength, the horizontal distance between two successive crests or troughs, the faster the energy of a wave will move. As water gets deeper waves
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