Wave Characteristics includes the following learning objectives:

  • Describe and give examples of transverse and longitudinal waves;
  • Describe waves in two dimensions, including the concepts of wavefronts and rays;
  • Describe the terms crest, trough, compression and rarefaction;
  • Define the terms displacement, amplitude, frequency, period, wavelength and wave speed;
  • Measure the speed of sound using a cathode ray oscilloscope;
  • Draw and explain displacement-position and displacement-time graphs.

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