How Well Do You Know Waves? Physics Trivia Quiz

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How Well Do You Know Waves? Physics Trivia Quiz

How well do you know about waves? Do you think you can pass this quiz? Waves display several basic phenomena. When a wave is reflected, it confronts an obstacle and is reflected. If a wave is confined to a closed space, it undergoes both reflection and interference. If you want to see how much you know about waves and put your knowledge to the test and take this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A long wavelength means:
    • A. 

      Low frequency

    • B. 

      High frequency

  • 2. 
    Which of these waves has the lowest frequency?
    • A. 

      Red

    • B. 

      Orange

    • C. 

      Green

    • D. 

      Blue

    • E. 

      Purple

  • 3. 
    This symbol stands for:  
    • A. 

      Frequency

    • B. 

      Amplitude

    • C. 

      Wavelength

    • D. 

      1 Cycle

  • 4. 
    In this animation, what type of wave is shown?
    • A. 

      Transverse

    • B. 

      Refracted

    • C. 

      Longitudinal

    • D. 

      Light

  • 5. 
    The material that a wave travels through is called the
    • A. 

      Refraction

    • B. 

      Medium

    • C. 

      Reflection

    • D. 

      Speed

  • 6. 
    The type of wave shown is a __________ wave.
  • 7. 
    What property of waves is shown in the animation?
  • 8. 
    All waves except __________ waves must travel through a medium.
    • A. 

      Sound

    • B. 

      Light

    • C. 

      Water

    • D. 

      Compressional

  • 9. 
    Points A and F on the wave are ________  
  • 10. 
    Points B, E, G, and J on the wave are _______________.
  • 11. 
    Points D and I on the wave are __________________.
  • 12. 
    The distance between A and F is the _____________.
    • A. 

      Frequency

    • B. 

      Period

    • C. 

      Amplitude

    • D. 

      Wavelength

  • 13. 
    The distance from the dotted line to Point A, or the distance from the dotted line to Point D is known as the ______________.
    • A. 

      Frequency

    • B. 

      Period

    • C. 

      Amplitude

    • D. 

      Wavelength

  • 14. 
      This image shows an example of:
    • A. 

      Reflection

    • B. 

      Refraction

    • C. 

      Penumbra

    • D. 

      A broken straw

  • 15. 
    The wave speed equation is v = frequency x wavelength.If the frequency of a wave is 500Hz and the wavelength is 2m, how fast is the wave moving?
    • A. 

      25 m/s

    • B. 

      250 m/s

    • C. 

      1000 m/s

    • D. 

      10,000 m/s

  • 16. 
    In this example of constructive interference, what increases?
    • A. 

      Wavelength

    • B. 

      Frequency

    • C. 

      Speed

    • D. 

      Amplitude

  • 17. 
    Which of these have the shortest wavelengths?
    • A. 

      X-ray

    • B. 

      Infrared

    • C. 

      Visible

    • D. 

      Radio

  • 18. 
    Which of these has the highest energy?
    • A. 

      Radio

    • B. 

      Visible

    • C. 

      Infrared

    • D. 

      Gamma

  • 19. 
    The Hertz (Hz) is the unit of measure for which wave property?
    • A. 

      Frequency

    • B. 

      Wavelength

    • C. 

      Amplitude

    • D. 

      Speed

  • 20. 
    How loud are noises in space?
    • A. 

      Really loud, nothing out there to stop the sound waves

    • B. 

      Very quiet with a few noises, almost like walking in the forest.

    • C. 

      It's space, everyone knows there are no sounds in space.

    • D. 

      Never been there, I wouldn't know.

  • 21. 
    Sound waves are longitudinal waves which have _________________ and rarefactions.
    • A. 

      Crests

    • B. 

      Compressions

    • C. 

      Troughs

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 22. 
    Select the true statements about frequency. There may be more than one answer.
    • A. 

      Related to loudness of a sound

    • B. 

      Related to pitch of a sound

    • C. 

      Number of waves that pass a certain point in one second

    • D. 

      Half of the height of a wave

    • E. 

      Distance from one crest to another or one trough to another

    • F. 

      Measured in Hertz(H)

  • 23. 
    Sound does not travel in space because
    • A. 

      Too many asteroids

    • B. 

      Too dark

    • C. 

      No air, so there is no medium to travel through.

    • D. 

      What?

  • 24. 
     This lens demonstrates the refraction of light (bending of wave due to a change in the wave speed).  Is this lens concave or convex?
  • 25. 
    Which of these situations depict the Doppler Effect?
    • A. 

      A race car going past you when you are watching by the racetrack

    • B. 

      Sound reflected in a cave so the sound is louder that usual

    • C. 

      Acoustic tiles and carpet absorbing sound so the sound is softer that usual

    • D. 

      Using a glass coffee mug to cover your mouth while speaking and the sound has a lower pitch than usual

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