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reflection
turning back on a wave when it encounters a barrier
refraction
bending of a wave when it propogates from one medium into a different medium
diffraction
the bending of a wave around the edge of an opening
interference
the meeting of two or more waves at the same place
rectilinear propgation
the straight line path followed by a wave
vibration graph
shows how long it took the wave to travel a certain distance. (period)
waveform graph
shows the distance the wave travels at a certain time
cycle
one to-fro movement
period
the time taken to complete a cycle
t(seconds)
frequency
the number of waves completed per unit time
f(Hz)
wavelength
the length of a wave
(m)
amplitude
maximum displacement equilibrium
A
wavenumber
number of waves per unit length
per meter(k(kappa))
wave equation
the speed of the wave
V=(frequency)(wavelength)
m/s
electromagnetic spectrum
radio/tv wave, microwave, infared, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, ultraviolet, x-ray, gamma ray