Waves: Sound And Light

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Speed Of Light Quizzes & Trivia

Answer each question which follows with the correct choice.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Waves that need a medium in which to travel are called _________.
    • A. 

      Longitudinal waves

    • B. 

      Transverse waves

    • C. 

      Mechanical waves

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    Most waves are caused by ______.
    • A. 

      Velocity

    • B. 

      Amplitude

    • C. 

      A vibration

    • D. 

      Earthquakes

  • 3. 
    For which type of waves do particles in the medicum vibrate perpendicular to the direction in which the waves are traveling?
    • A. 

      Transverse waves

    • B. 

      Longitudinal waves

    • C. 

      P waves

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    A sound wave is an example of ______.
    • A. 

      An electromagnetic wave

    • B. 

      A transverse wave

    • C. 

      A longitudinal wave

    • D. 

      A surface wave

  • 5. 
    In an ocean wave, the molecules of water ________.
    • A. 

      Move perpendicularly to the direction of wave travel

    • B. 

      Move parallel to the direction of the wave travel

    • C. 

      Move in circles

    • D. 

      Don't move at all

  • 6. 
    Half the vertical distance between the crest and trough of a wave is called the ______.
    • A. 

      Frequency

    • B. 

      Crest

    • C. 

      Wavelength

    • D. 

      Amplitude

  • 7. 
    The number of waves passing a given point each second is called the ______.
    • A. 

      Frequency

    • B. 

      Wave speed

    • C. 

      Wavelength

    • D. 

      Amplitude

  • 8. 
    The Doppler effect of a passing siren results from an apparent change in _______.
    • A. 

      Loudness

    • B. 

      Wave speed

    • C. 

      Frequency

    • D. 

      Interference

  • 9. 
    The combining of waves as they meet is known as _______.
    • A. 

      A crest

    • B. 

      Noise

    • C. 

      Interference

    • D. 

      The Doppler effect

  • 10. 
    Waves bend when they pass through an opening.  This is called ________.
    • A. 

      Interference

    • B. 

      Diffraction

    • C. 

      Refraction

    • D. 

      The Doppler effect

  • 11. 
    The speed of sound depends on ______.
    • A. 

      The temperature of the medium

    • B. 

      The density of the medium

    • C. 

      How well the particles of the medium transfer energy

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    A sonar device can use the echoes of ultrasound underwater to find the ________.
    • A. 

      Speed of sound

    • B. 

      Depth of the water

    • C. 

      Temperature of the water

    • D. 

      Height of waves on the surface

  • 13. 
    During a thunderstorm, you see lightning before you hear thunder because ________.
    • A. 

      The thunder occurs after the lightning

    • B. 

      The thunder is farther away than the lightning

    • C. 

      Sound travels faster than light

    • D. 

      Light travels faster than sound

  • 14. 
    The speed of light ________.
    • A. 

      Depends on the medium

    • B. 

      Is fastest in a vacuum

    • C. 

      Is the fastest speed in the universe

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 15. 
    Light can be modeled as ________.
    • A. 

      Electromagnetic waves

    • B. 

      A stream of particles called photons

    • C. 

      Rays that travel in straight lines

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 16. 
    The energy of light is proportional to ________.
    • A. 

      Amplitude

    • B. 

      Wavelength

    • C. 

      Frequency

    • D. 

      The speed of light

  • 17. 
    A flat mirror forms an image that is ______.
    • A. 

      Smaller than the object

    • B. 

      Larger than the object

    • C. 

      Virtual

    • D. 

      Real

  • 18. 
    Which of the following wavelengths of visible light bends the most when passing through a prism?
    • A. 

      Red

    • B. 

      Yellow

    • C. 

      Green

    • D. 

      Blue

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