# Introduction To Waves Types! Physics Quiz

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A wave transmits information or energy from one point to another. Waves are mainly divided into mechanical, electromagnetic, and matter waves. These three types are differentiated based on how they are made and transmitted. Do you know what a wave trough is or how to get the wavelength? This quiz is designed to help you refresh your basic understanding of waves. Give it a try!

• 1.

### The wavelength is represented by which letter?

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A

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B

• C.

C

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D

• E.

E

A. A
Explanation
The wavelength of a wave is the distance between any two adjacent corresponding locations on the wave train. This distance is usually measured in one of three ways: crest to next crest, trough to next trough, or from the start of a wave cycle to the next starting point.

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• 2.

### The wave crest is represented by which letter?

• A.

A

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B

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C

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D

• E.

E

C. C
Explanation
The section of the wave that rises above the undisturbed position is called the crest.

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• 3.

### The wave trough is represented by which letter?

• A.

A

• B.

B

• C.

C

• D.

D

• E.

E

D. D
Explanation
That section which lies below the undisturbed position is called the trough.

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• 4.

### What is it called when a certain number of waves pass a given point per a certain number of seconds?

• A.

Frequency

• B.

Amplitude

• C.

Wavelength

• D.

Origin

• E.

Trough

A. Frequency
Explanation
Frequency refers to how many waves are made per time interval. This is usually described as how many waves are made per second, or as cycles per second.

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• 5.

### What is another name for wave height?

• A.

Amplitude

• B.

Wavelength

• C.

Frequency

• D.

Crest

• E.

Trough

A. Amplitude
Explanation
Its most general definition is that the amplitude is the maximum positive displacement from the undisturbed position of the medium to the top of a crest

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• 6.

### The origin or the undisturbed position of the wave is represented by which letter?

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B

• B.

D

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A

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E

• E.

C

D. E
Explanation
The letter E represents the origin or undisturbed position of the wave. This is because in a wave, the letter E typically represents the equilibrium position or the point of zero displacement. It is the position where the wave is neither compressed nor stretched, and it serves as a reference point for measuring the displacement of the wave.

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• 7.

### Which letter represents amplitude?

• A.

B

• B.

A

• C.

D

• D.

E

• E.

C

A. B
Explanation
Its most general definition is that the amplitude is the maximum positive displacement from the undisturbed position of the medium to the top of a crest

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• 8.

### What is measured from one wave crest to another wave crest or one wave trough to another wave trough?

• A.

Crest

• B.

Trough

• C.

Wavelength

• D.

Amplitude

• E.

Frequency

C. Wavelength
Explanation
The wavelength of a wave is the distance between any two adjacent corresponding locations on the wave train. This distance is usually measured in one of three ways: crest to next crest, trough to next trough, or from the start of a wave cycle to the next starting point

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• 9.

### What waves have movement that is perpendicular to the direction of the wave?

Transverse
Transverse wave
transverse waves
Explanation
A transverse wave is a wave in which the motion of the medium is perpendicular to the motion of the wave.

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• 10.

### Which type of wave has movement that is parallel to the direction of the wave?

• A.

Transverse

• B.

Compressional or longitudinal

B. Compressional or longitudinal
Explanation
A longitudinal wave is a wave in which the motion of the medium is parallel to the motion of the wave.

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