Transverse Waves direction of disturbance is perpendicular to the direction of travel of the wave Examples: String instruments Earthquake s-waves Light
Diagram of a transverse wave Equilibrium position crest trough
Longitudinal Waves direction of disturbance is parallel to the direction of travel of the wave Examples: Sound waves Ultrasound Earthquake p-waves
Diagram of a longitudinal wave compression rarefaction
Describing Waves Wavelength Amplitude Period Frequency Speed
Describing Waves displacement wavelength amplitude positiontime period
Wavelength Equivalent to one complete vibration Distance from crest to crest, or trough to trough, OR Distance from two identical successive points on a graph Unit: meter, m Symbol: lambda, λ
Amplitude Maximum displacement of vibrating particles Unit: meter, m Symbol: A
Period Time for one complete vibration Time corresponding to one wavelength Unit: second, s Symbol: T
Frequency Number of vibrations (or waves) in one second Reciprocal of period, 1/T Units: vibrations per second, s -1 cycles per second, s -1 Hertz, Hz Symbol: ƒ
Wave Speed Distance moved by any point on the wave in one second Product of wavelength and frequency Units: ms -1 Symbol: v
Displacement (m) Distance (m) 0.5 -0.5 What is the amplitude in metres and the wavelength in metres?
Displacement (m) Time (s) 0.20.40.60.81.0 0.5 -0.5 For the same wave, what is the period in seconds and the frequency in Hertz? What is the speed of this wave?
20 ms What is the period and frequency of this wave?
1.A water wave travels through a pond with a speed of 1ms -1 and a frequency of 5Hz. What is the wavelength of the waves? 2.The speed of sound is 330ms -1 (in air). When Ricky hears this sound his ear vibrates 660 times a second. What was the wavelength of the sound? 3.Purple light has a wavelength of around 6x10 -7 m. If its frequency is 5x10 14 Hz what is the speed of light? 4.Red light travels at the same speed. Work out its frequency if its wavelength is 4x10 -7 m.