Test Your Wave Motion Concepts! Trivia Quiz

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Wave motion is the shift of energy and momentum from one aspect of the medium without actual passage of matter between two points. Wave motion is categorized into three different ways. These include the medium of propagation, the dimensions in which a wave propagates energy, and the energy transfer. If you want to know more, then this is the quiz for you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The source of all wave motion is a _____________________________
    • A. 

      Region of variable high and low pressure

    • B. 

      Movement of matter

    • C. 

      Vibration

    • D. 

      Harmonic object

  • 2. 
    The time needed for a wave to make one complete cycle is its ___________________.
    • A. 

      Period

    • B. 

      Velocity

    • C. 

      Frequency

    • D. 

      Amplitude

    • E. 

      Wavelength

  • 3. 
    The distance between successive identical parts of a wave is called its _________________.
    • A. 

      Frequency

    • B. 

      Amplitude

    • C. 

      Wavelength

    • D. 

      Velocity

    • E. 

      Period

  • 4. 
    Hertz is a ___________.
    • A. 

      Unit of period

    • B. 

      Unit of frequency

    • C. 

      Unit of wavelength

    • D. 

      Type of car

    • E. 

      Special radio wave

  • 5. 
    A wave created by shaking a rope up and down is called a ________________.
    • A. 

      Doppler wave

    • B. 

      Standing wave

    • C. 

      Transverse wave

    • D. 

      Constructive wave

    • E. 

      Longitudinal wave

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is NOT a transverse wave?
    • A. 

      Light

    • B. 

      Sound

    • C. 

      Radio wave

    • D. 

      All of these

    • E. 

      None of these

  • 7. 
    Sound is an example of a _________________.
    • A. 

      Longitudinal wave

    • B. 

      Transverse wave

    • C. 

      Doppler wave

    • D. 

      Standing wave

    • E. 

      Constructive wave

  • 8. 
    Unlike a transverse wave, a longitudinal wave has no __________________.
    • A. 

      Wavelength

    • B. 

      Frequency

    • C. 

      Amplitude

    • D. 

      Speed

    • E. 

      A longitudinal wave has all of the above

  • 9. 
    When two or more waves are at the same place at the same time, the resulting effect is called _________________.
    • A. 

      A period

    • B. 

      A shock wave

    • C. 

      A standing wave

    • D. 

      A Doppler wave

    • E. 

      Interference

  • 10. 
    Where can you touch a standing wave on a rope without disturbing the wave?
    • A. 

      At an antinode

    • B. 

      At any place along the wave

    • C. 

      At a node

  • 11. 
    Some of the wave's energy is always dissipated as heat.  In time, this will reduce the wave's ____________________.
    • A. 

      Period

    • B. 

      Frequency

    • C. 

      Wavelength

    • D. 

      Speed

    • E. 

      Amplitude

  • 12. 
    The amplitude of a particular wave is 1 meter.  The top-to-bottom distance of the disturbance is _________________.
    • A. 

      2 m

    • B. 

      0.5 m

    • C. 

      1 m

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 13. 
    Whena  pendulum clock is taken from sea level to the top of a high mountain, it will ___________.  (think about the acceleration due to gravity as you get farther from the earth).
    • A. 

      Lose time

    • B. 

      Gain time

    • C. 

      Neither lose nor gain time

  • 14. 
    If you double the frequency of a vibrating object, its period ________________.
    • A. 

      Doubles

    • B. 

      Is quartered

    • C. 

      Halves

  • 15. 
    You dip your finger repeatedly into water and make waves.  If you dip your finger more frequently, the wavelength of the waves __________________.
    • A. 

      Stays the same

    • B. 

      Lengthens

    • C. 

      Shortens

  • 16. 
    During a single period, the distance traveled by a wave is ____________.
    • A. 

      Two wavelengths

    • B. 

      One-half wavelength

    • C. 

      One wavelength

  • 17. 
    A child swings back and forth on a playground swing.  If the child stands rather than sits, the time for a to-and-fro swing is __________________.
    • A. 

      Shortened

    • B. 

      Lengthened

    • C. 

      Unchanged

  • 18. 
    Suppose a simple pendulum is suspended in an elevator.  When the elevator is accelerating upward, the period of the pendulum ____________________.
    • A. 

      Doesn't change

    • B. 

      Decreases

    • C. 

      Increases

  • 19. 
    A horse would be able to run faster if most of the mass in its legs were concentrated ______________.
    • A. 

      Halfway up its legs

    • B. 

      Uniformly all along its legs

    • C. 

      Towards its feet

    • D. 

      In the upper part, nearer to the horse's body

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 20. 
    The frequency of the second hand on a clock is _________________.
    • A. 

      60 Hz

    • B. 

      1/60 Hz

    • C. 

      1 Hz

  • 21. 
    Two waves arrive at the same place at the same time exactly in step with each other.  Each wave has an amplitude of 1 m.  The resulting wave has an amplitude of _____________.
    • A. 

      0.5 m

    • B. 

      0.25 m

    • C. 

      2 m

    • D. 

      4 m

    • E. 

      1 m

  • 22. 
    The period of an ocean wave is 10 seconds.  What is the wave's frequency?
    • A. 

      20 Hz

    • B. 

      10 Hz

    • C. 

      1.0 Hz

    • D. 

      0.1 Hz

    • E. 

      0.5 Hz

  • 23. 
    A certain ocean wave has a frequency of 0.05 hertz and a wavelength of 10 meters.  What is the wave speed?
    • A. 

      0.05 m/s

    • B. 

      200 m/s

    • C. 

      10 m/s

    • D. 

      0.5 m/s

    • E. 

      0.005 m/s

  • 24. 
    A weight on the end of a spring bobs up and down one complete cycle every 2 seconds.  Its frequency is _________________.
    • A. 

      2 hertz

    • B. 

      0.5 hertz

    • C. 

      None of the above

  • 25. 
    A weight at the end of a spring bobs up and down one complete cycle every 2 seconds.  Its period is ______________.  
    • A. 

      2 sec

    • B. 

      0.5 sec

    • C. 

      None of the above

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