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What is a Wave

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on 1 February 2016

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What is a Wave
A wave is...
a disturbance that travels through a medium. It is also a mode of transportation for energy. In other words energy travels in waves.
Wave vocabulary
When you talk about waves there are a few key terms you must know:
wavelength
frequency
amplitude
A closer look at wavelengths
Waves can be longitudinal: the disturbance is in the same direction as the motion of the wave.

Waves can be transverse: a wave that is set in motion by a deflection at right angles to the direction in which the wave is moving.
Waves don't like matter
It is important to note that waves do not transport matter only energy.
Wavelength
Wavelength refers to the distance between each peak of a series of waves.
Frequency
This is how often a wave goes by a given point. This is also know as a cycle of waves per second
Amplitude
This is how far the highest part of the wave is above the middle position.
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