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Wave Basics Quiz

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This is a quiz designed for grade 8-10 physical science students, testing their knowledge of basic wave properties. It includes refraction, reflection, wave types, and basic formulas.

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Transverse

    • B. 

      Refracted

    • C. 

      Longitudinal

    • D. 

      Rarefied

  • 2. 
    The material that a wave travels through is called the
    • A. 

      Amplitude

    • B. 

      Medium

    • C. 

      Rarefaction

    • D. 

      Compression

  • 3. 
    Sound waves are all
    • A. 

      High frequency

    • B. 

      Compressional

    • C. 

      Transverse

    • D. 

      Electromagnetic

  • 4. 
    The superposition of two waves creates
    • A. 

      Higher frequencies

    • B. 

      Interference

    • C. 

      Compressions

    • D. 

      Light

  • 5. 
    In the animation shown, at the point where the two waves cross, which property changes?
    • A. 

      Speed

    • B. 

      Frequency

    • C. 

      Index of refraction

    • D. 

      Amplitude

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Velocity decreases

    • B. 

      Velocity increases

    • C. 

      Wavelength decreases

    • D. 

      Wavelength increases

  • 7. 
    As you produce a wave on a spring, which of the following quantities are you NOT able to change?
    • A. 

      Amplitude

    • B. 

      Frequency

    • C. 

      Velocity

    • D. 

      Wavelength

  • 8. 
    What property of waves is shown in the animation?
    • A. 

      Rarefaction

    • B. 

      Refraction

    • C. 

      Displacement

    • D. 

      Diffraction

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is not a type of electromagnetic wave?
    • A. 

      Sound

    • B. 

      Red light

    • C. 

      Gamma radiation

    • D. 

      Radio waves

  • 10. 
    All waves except ______ waves must travel through a medium.
    • A. 

      Sound

    • B. 

      Light

    • C. 

      Water

    • D. 

      Compressional

  • 11. 
    By counting the number of crests that pass in a given amount of time, a person can calculate the
    • A. 

      Wavelength

    • B. 

      Amplitude

    • C. 

      Velocity

    • D. 

      Frequency

  • 12. 
    What type of wave is most likely shown in the animation?
    • A. 

      Light

    • B. 

      Sound

    • C. 

      Earthquake

    • D. 

      Compression