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Waves. What is a wave? A repeating disturbance or movement that transfers energy through matter or space Waves transfer energy not matter. Waves can only.

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2 What is a wave? A repeating disturbance or movement that transfers energy through matter or space Waves transfer energy not matter. Waves can only exist as they have energy to carry. –T–T–T–The water waves to the right are carrying energy but are not moving.

3 What are mechanical waves? They require a medium. –A–A–A–A medium is a form of matter (a substance or material) through which the wave travels and it can be a solid, liquid or gas. They are not capable of transmitting its energy through a vacuum (empty space), such as light from the sun

4 What are mechanical waves? They are produced when a source of energy causes a medium to vibrate. They are produced when a source of energy causes a medium to vibrate. –Vibration is a repeated back and forth or up and down motion There are two types of mechanical waves based on how the wave moves: There are two types of mechanical waves based on how the wave moves: –Transverse Waves –Longitudinal Waves

5 Transverse Waves The matter vibrates perpendicular (at right angles) to the direction of the wave –E–E–E–Electromagnetic waves and light waves Animation courtesy of Dr. Dan Russell, Kettering University

6 Transverse Wave Properties The crest is the highest point The trough is the lowest point The rest position is the horizontal line representing the rope (medium) before it was disturbed. The wavelength is the distance from one point on the wave to the next corresponding adjacent point, such as crest to crest or trough to tough

7 Longitudinal Wave The matter vibrates parallel (same) to the direction of the wave –s–s–s–sound waves

8 Longitudinal Wave Properties The area squeezed together is called compressions like the crests on a transverse wave –I–In the picture, where the parts of the medium (coils of the Slinky) are closer together than normal The areas spread out are called rarefactions like the troughs on a transverse wave –I–In the picture, where the parts of the medium are farther apart than normal

9 Sound Waves Sound is a longitudinal wave which travels through the air through a series of compressions and rarefactions. Sound travels through air, but travels through other materials as well.

10 What is echolocation?

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12 What is sonar? Sonar i ii is a system that uses the reflection of underwater sound waves to detect objects. This has been used to find sunken ships and schools of fish.

13 What are seismic waves? An energy wave which vibrates through the earth’s crust as the crust bends or breaks. Seismic waves exist as transverse (secondary waves), longitudinal (primary waves) and both types (surface) of waves. Some travel through the earth (P and S waves) and some travel across the earth’s surface (surface waves).

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15 Surface Waves A combination of longitudinal & transverse

16 Amplitude The amplitude of a wave is directly related to the energy of a wave. The amplitude of a longitudinal wave is determined by the closeness of the compressions. The closer the compressions and the farther the rarefaction lines. The amplitude of a transverse wave is determined by the height of the crest or depth of the trough.

17 Wavelength and Frequency Wavelength is the distance between two corresponding parts of a wave. Transverse wave: a measure of distance from crest to crest or trough to trough Longitudinal wave: a measure of the distance between one compression and rarefaction to the next Frequency is the number of waves that pass through a point in a certain amount of time. –T–T–T–The unit for frequency is waves per second or Hertz (Hz). –O–O–O–One Hz = One wave per second.

18 Wavelength and Frequency Wavelength and frequency are inversely related. Wavelength and frequency are inversely related. A decrease in the wavelength, means the more times the wave will pass through a point in one second (an increased frequency). A decrease in the wavelength, means the more times the wave will pass through a point in one second (an increased frequency). The larger the wavelength (or increased wavelength), the fewer times it will pass through a point in one second (a decreased frequency). The larger the wavelength (or increased wavelength), the fewer times it will pass through a point in one second (a decreased frequency).

19 Electromagnetic Waves Wave which is capable of transmitting its energy through a vacuum (i.e., empty space) Produced by the vibration of electrons within atoms on the Sun's surface Travel through space until they reach Earth


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