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Lab 7 - Waves

# Lab 7 - Waves - Physics 7A Waves lab p 1 of 5 NAME PARTNER...

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Physics 7A Waves lab p. 1 of 5 NAME _____________________________ PARTNER ___________________________ DATE _________________ GSI ___________________ LAB DAY/TIME __________ WAVES Introduction In this lab, you will investigate some of the characteristics of waves. Any general insights about slinky waves apply to other kinds of waves, including sound waves, water waves, light waves, seismic waves, and so on. We’re using slinky waves only because slinkies are easy to manipulate, not because slinky waves are “special” in any way. Experiment 1: Some general wave characteristics You and your lab partner hold opposite ends of a slinky, and stretch it out on the floor. Give your end of the slinky a few vigorous sideways (transverse) shakes. Also try giving it a few back- and-forth (longitudinal) shakes. But before doing so, consider these questions... (a) After a wave is created, is its velocity constant, increasing, or decreasing? (b) How would you describe the motion of an individual coil of the slinky, as the waves propagate past that coil? Be as detailed as possible.

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