Physics Exam On Vibrations And Waves! Quiz

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Here is a physics quiz on vibrations and waves. Waves carry energy from one point to another, while vibrations are the cause of waves' existence. Do you know the difference between the types of waves and how to measure the magnitude of a wave? This quiz will refresh your understanding of the basics of wave formation, types, and movement and the role played by vibrations when it comes to waves.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A wiggle in time is a
    • A. 

      Vibration.

    • B. 

      Wave.

    • C. 

      Both

    • D. 

      Neither

  • 2. 
    A common source of wave motion is a
    • A. 

      Wave pattern.

    • B. 

      Harmonic object.

    • C. 

      Vibrating object.

    • D. 

      Region of variable high and low pressure.

    • E. 

      None of these

  • 3. 
    Like a transverse wave, a longitudinal wave has
    • A. 

      Amplitude, frequency, wavelength, and speed.

    • B. 

      Amplitude, frequency, and wavelength.

    • C. 

      Amplitude, wavelength, and speed.

    • D. 

      Wavelength, speed, and frequency.

    • E. 

      Amplitude, frequency, and speed.

  • 4. 
    In a longitudinal wave the compressions and rarefactions travel in
    • A. 

      The same direction.

    • B. 

      Opposite directions.

    • C. 

      A vacuum.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is not a transverse wave?
    • A. 

      Sound

    • B. 

      Light

    • C. 

      Radio

    • D. 

      All of these

    • E. 

      None of these

  • 6. 
    The vibrations of a transverse wave move in a direction.
    • A. 

      Along the direction of wave travel.

    • B. 

      At right angles to the direction of wave travel.

    • C. 

      That changes with speed.

  • 7. 
    The vibrations of a longitudinal wave move in a direction.
    • A. 

      Along the direction of wave travel.

    • B. 

      At right angles to the direction of wave travel.

    • C. 

      That changes with speed.

  • 8. 
    How many vibrations per second are associated with a 101-MHz radio wave?
    • A. 

      Less than 101,000,000

    • B. 

      101,000,000

    • C. 

      More than 101,000,000

  • 9. 
    Radio waves travel at the speed of light, 300,000 km/s. The wavelength of a radio wave received at 100 megahertz is
    • A. 

      0.3 m.

    • B. 

      3.0 m.

    • C. 

      30 m.

    • D. 

      300 m.

    • E. 

      None of these

  • 10. 
    The frequency of a simple pendulum depends on
    • A. 

      Its mass.

    • B. 

      Its length.

    • C. 

      The acceleration due to gravity.

    • D. 

      All of these

    • E. 

      Two of these

  • 11. 
    If the frequency of a certain wave is 10 hertz, its period is
    • A. 

      0.1 second.

    • B. 

      10 seconds.

    • C. 

      100 seconds.

    • D. 

      None of the above choices are correct.

  • 12. 
    A 60-vibration-per-second wave travels 30 meters in 1 second. Its frequency is
    • A. 

      30 hertz and it travels at 60 m/s.

    • B. 

      60 hertz and it travels at 30 m/s.

    • C. 

      1800 hertz and it travels at 2 m/s.

  • 13. 
    An object that completes 10 vibrations in 20 seconds has a frequency of
    • A. 

      0.5 hertz.

    • B. 

      2 hertz.

    • C. 

      200 hertz.

  • 14. 
    An object that completes 20 vibrations in 10 seconds has a frequency of
    • A. 

      0.5 hertz.

    • B. 

      1 hertz.

    • C. 

      2 hertz.

    • D. 

      200 hertz.

  • 15. 
    An object that completes 100 vibrations in 5 seconds has a period of
    • A. 

      0.5 second.

    • B. 

      1 second.

    • C. 

      2 seconds.

    • D. 

      None of the above choices are correct.

  • 16. 
    A weight suspended from a spring bobs up and down over a distance of 1 meter in two seconds. Its frequency is
    • A. 

      0.5 hertz.

    • B. 

      1 hertz.

    • C. 

      2 hertz.

    • D. 

      None of the above choices are correct.

  • 17. 
    To say that one wave is out of phase with another is to say that the waves are
    • A. 

      Of different amplitudes.

    • B. 

      Of different frequencies.

    • C. 

      Of different wavelengths.

    • D. 

      Out of step.

    • E. 

      All of these

  • 18. 
    Wave interference occurs for
    • A. 

      Sound waves.

    • B. 

      light waves.

    • C. 

      Water waves.

    • D. 

      All of the above choices are correct.

    • E. 

      None of the above choices are correct.

  • 19. 
    A standing wave occurs when
    • A. 

      Two waves overlap.

    • B. 

      A wave reflects upon itself.

    • C. 

      The speed of the wave is zero or near zero.

    • D. 

      The amplitude of a wave exceeds its wavelength.

  • 20. 
    A node is a position of
    • A. 

      Minimum amplitude.

    • B. 

      Maximum amplitude.

    • C. 

      Half amplitude.

  • 21. 
    The Doppler effect is characteristic of
    • A. 

      Water waves.

    • B. 

      Sound waves.

    • C. 

      Light waves.

    • D. 

      All of the above choices

    • E. 

      None of the above choices

  • 22. 
    A Doppler effect occurs when a source of sound moves
    • A. 

      Towards you.

    • B. 

      Away from you.

    • C. 

      Either towards you or away from you.

    • D. 

      In a circle around you.

  • 23. 
    A wave barrier is produced when a wave source moves
    • A. 

      Nearly as fast as the waves it produces.

    • B. 

      As fast as the waves it produces.

    • C. 

      Faster than the waves it produces.

  • 24. 
    A bow wave is produced when a wave source moves
    • A. 

      Nearly as fast as the waves it produces.

    • B. 

      As fast as the waves it produces.

    • C. 

      Faster than the waves it produces.

  • 25. 
    An observer on the ground hears a sonic boom which is created by an airplane flying at a speed
    • A. 

      Just below the speed of sound.

    • B. 

      Equal to the speed of sound.

    • C. 

      Greater than the speed of sound.

    • D. 

      All of the above choices are true.

    • E. 

      None of the above choices are true.

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