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A periodic disturbance in a soilid, liquid, or gas as energy is trasmitted through a medium.
Wave
A physical environment in which phenomena occurs
Medium
A wave in wcih the particles of the medium move perpendiculary to the direction of wave motion
Transverse Wave
A wave in which the particles of the medium vibrate parallel to the direction of wave motion
Longitudal wave
The maximum distance that the particles of a wave's medium vibrate from their rest position
Amplitude
The distance from any point on a wave to an identical point on the next wave
Wavelength
The number of waves produced in a given amount of time
Frequency
The speed at which a wave travels through a medium
Wave Speed
The bouncing back pf a ray of light, sound, or heat when the ray hits a surface that it does not go through
Reflection
The bending back of a wave as the wwave passes between two substances in which the speed of the wave differs
Refraction
A change in the direction of a wave when the wave finds an obstacle of an edge, such as an opening
Diffraction
The combination of two or more waves that results in a single wave
Interference
A pattern of vibrations that simulates a wave tat is standing still
Standing Wave
A phenomenom that occurs when two objects naturally vibrate at the same frequency; the sound produced by one object causes the other object to vibrate
Resonance