Trivia Questions On Waves! Quiz

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Trivia Questions On Waves! Quiz

A wave can be described as a disturbance that travels through a medium from one location to another. A wave is the propagation of disturbances from place to place in a regular and organized way. The most familiar are surface waves that travel on water. If you want to become an expert about waves, complete this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The energy of a wave is directly related to its
    • A. 

      Amplitude.

    • B. 

      Wavelength.

    • C. 

      Frequency.

    • D. 

      Speed.

  • 2. 
    The substance through which a wave travels is called a
    • A. 

      Source.

    • B. 

      Trough.

    • C. 

      Disturbance.

    • D. 

      Medium.

  • 3. 
    The seismic waves that travel the fastest are
    • A. 

      Surface waves.

    • B. 

      S waves.

    • C. 

      P waves.

    • D. 

      Tsunamis.

  • 4. 
    All waves with a frequency of 100 hertz.
    • A. 

      Travel 100 meters in one second.

    • B. 

      Measure 100 meters from crest to crest.

    • C. 

      Complete 100 vibrations in one second.

    • D. 

      Measure 100 meters from crest to trough.

  • 5. 
    A wave that moves a medium at right angles to the direction in which the wave travels is a
    • A. 

      Longitudinal wave.

    • B. 

      Mechanical wave.

    • C. 

      Transverse wave.

    • D. 

      Seismic wave.

  • 6. 
    To increase the amplitude of vibrations, you can adjust the frequency to
    • A. 

      Match the natural resonant frequency.

    • B. 

      Be greater than the natural resonant frequency.

    • C. 

      Be less than the natural resonant frequency.

    • D. 

      Cancel the natural resonant frequency.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following accurately describes surface waves?
    • A. 

      Surface waves are a combination of a longitudinal wave and transverse wave.

    • B. 

      Surface waves move more slowly than P waves and S waves.

    • C. 

      Surface waves can cause the most severe ground movements.

    • D. 

      All the above.

  • 8. 
    The bending of waves around the edge of a barrier is called
    • A. 

      Diffraction.

    • B. 

      Refraction.

    • C. 

      Interference.

    • D. 

      Reflection.

  • 9. 
    The maximum distance the particles of a medium move from their rest position is called the
    • A. 

      Wavelength.

    • B. 

      Amplitude.

    • C. 

      Frequency.

    • D. 

      Speed.

  • 10. 
    Tsunamis are produced by
    • A. 

      Distant typhoon winds.

    • B. 

      Undersea earthquakes.

    • C. 

      Earthquakes that occur only on land.

    • D. 

      Erratic tides.

  • 11. 
    One way in which P waves differ from S waves is that
    • A. 

      S waves travel through Earth's core while P waves do not.

    • B. 

      P waves travel through Earth's core while S waves do not.

    • C. 

      S waves can travel through liquids while P waves cannot.

    • D. 

      P waves are transverse waves while S waves are longitudinal.

  • 12. 
    The combining of two waves to make a wave with a smaller amplitude is called
    • A. 

      A standing wave.

    • B. 

      Resonance.

    • C. 

      Destructive interference.

    • D. 

      Constructive interference.

  • 13. 
    A wave that moves particles of a medium parallel to the direction in which the wave travels is a
    • A. 

      Longitudinal wave.

    • B. 

      Mechanical wave.

    • C. 

      Seismic wave.

    • D. 

      Transverse wave.

  • 14. 
    Which of the following accurately describes surface waves?
    • A. 

      Surface waves are a combination of a longitudinal wave and transverse wave.

    • B. 

      Surface waves move more slowly than P waves and S waves.

    • C. 

      Surface waves can cause the most severe ground movements.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 15. 
    The speed of waves
    • A. 

      Is the same in every medium.

    • B. 

      Is constant in a given medium under uniform conditions.

    • C. 

      Always varies from point to point in a given medium.

    • D. 

      Changes if the frequency or wavelength changes.

  • 16. 
    A wave that appears to be still in one place, even though it is really two waves interfering as they pass through each other is called a(n)
    • A. 

      Longitudinal wave.

    • B. 

      P wave.

    • C. 

      Standing wave.

    • D. 

      S wave.

  • 17. 
    The energy of a wave is directly related to its
    • A. 

      Amplitude.

    • B. 

      Wavelength.

    • C. 

      Frequency.

    • D. 

      Speed.

  • 18. 
    To look for resources deep underground, geologists produce a small explosion at the surface so that they can
    • A. 

      Detect seismic waves reflected off underground structures.

    • B. 

      Uncover hidden structures.

    • C. 

      Detect seismic waves reflected off the surface of the ground.

    • D. 

      Shake up the ground and make cracks for oil to seep upward.

  • 19. 
    The interaction between waves that meet is called
    • A. 

      Diffraction.

    • B. 

      Refraction.

    • C. 

      Interference.

    • D. 

      Reflection.

  • 20. 
    Waves that require a medium through which to travel are called
    • A. 

      Longitudinal waves.

    • B. 

      Mechanical waves.

    • C. 

      Transverse waves.

    • D. 

      Seismic waves.

  • 21. 
    The seismic waves that travel the fastest are
    • A. 

      Surface waves.

    • B. 

      S waves.

    • C. 

      P waves.

    • D. 

      Tsunamis.

  • 22. 
    Seismic waves that travel through Earth's core are
    • A. 

      Surface waves.

    • B. 

      P waves.

    • C. 

      S waves.

    • D. 

      Tsunamis.

  • 23. 
    A wave moving from one medium to another at an angle results in
    • A. 

      Diffraction.

    • B. 

      Refraction.

    • C. 

      Interference.

    • D. 

      Reflection.

  • 24. 
    Transverse waves have
    • A. 

      Crests and troughs.

    • B. 

      Compressions and rarefactions.

    • C. 

      Crest and rarefactions.

    • D. 

      Compressions and troughs.

  • 25. 
    Longitudinal waves have
    • A. 

      Crest and troughs.

    • B. 

      Compressions and rarefactions.

    • C. 

      Compressions and troughs.

    • D. 

      Rarefaction and crests.

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