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1 
What is a wave?

a disturbance that transmits energy through matter or space.


2 
Calculate the speed of a wave.

wavelength/period


3 
What do waves transfer?

energy


4 
What is the difference between a mechanical wave and an electromagnetic wave?

electromagnetic does not require a medium, disturbance in electric and magnetic fields.


5 
What is the connection between vibrations and transformations of energy?

simple harmonic motion faces that push in opposite directions


6 
How do particles move in transverse and longitudinal waves?

transverse perpendicular , longitudinal parallel


7 
How do particles move in a surface wave?

circles


8 
How can you measure the amount of particle vibration?

period


9 
How can you determine wave speed?

frequency x wavelength


10 
What does the speed of a wave depend on?

medium


11 
What do you know about ALL electromagnetic waves as they travel through empty space?

they travel at the same speed


12 
What is the relationship between frequency and pitch?

pitch is determined by frequency


13 
Understand the Doppler effect?

an observed change in frequency of a wave when the source/observer is moving


14 
Understand how waves behave. Reflection, refraction, and diffraction.

reflection the bouncing back of a wave when it meets a surface, diffraction the bending of...


15 
What happens when two waves interfere?

constructive combining of waves where it is bigger than the original, destructive resulting...


16 
What is a standing wave?

a vibration of a system in which some points remain fixed while others between vibrate
