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Waves in Physics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. All of these are true about mechanical waves EXCEPT:

Question 2 2. Which of the following is true about light waves?

Question 3 3. In a longitudinal wave, the vibration of the wave is _____ to the direction the energy is going.

Question 4 4. In which of these types of waves is the vibration of the wave at a right angle to the direction the energy is going?

Question 5 5. Destructive interference occurs when _____.

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Question 6 6. When a wave hits an obstacle or goes through a slit, it will spread around the obstacle. This is known as _____.

Question 7 7. The comparison of how fast light moves in a medium versus in a vacuum is known as _____.

Question 8 8. All of these can happen when light reflects at a curved surface EXCEPT:

Question 9 9. A light shines through water on a crown glass surface. The incident angle is 45 degrees, water has an index of refraction of 1.33 and crown glass has an index of refraction of 1.52. What is the angle of refraction?

Question 10 10.

The following equation represents the of Law of _____.


θi = θr

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Question 11 11. Which of the following wave parameters are inversely related?

Question 12 12. The distance from any point on a wave to the same point on the next wave is called _____.

Question 13 13.

Complete the following equation.


v = λ_____

Question 14 14. The amplitude of a mechanical wave tells us _____.

Question 15 15. The ripples from a stone thrown into a pond are an example of _____.

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Question 16 16. What is the angle of refraction for light entering water from air when the light strikes the water at 20° to the normal? The index of refraction of air is 1 and 1.33 for water.

Question 17 17. A wave transfers _____ from one location to another.

Question 18 18. Standing waves can only occur in a medium that is

Question 19 19. Mechanical waves

Question 20 20. The point in a longitudinal wave in which the medium is most spread out is called what?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following describes Huygen's Principle?

Question 22 22. What possible interaction(s) can occur when a ray of light comes into contact with an object?

Question 23 23. Which two parameters can both be measured in meters?

Question 24 24. When looking into the inner surface of a silver spoon, you would see the image of your chin projected

Question 25 25. The vertical distance from the center line to a peak, or from the center line to a trough, is called what?

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Question 26 26. The separation of white light through a prism happens because each frequency (color) is _ at a different angle.

Question 27 27. Because a full wave cycle always takes the same amount of time, we say that waves have a _____ nature.

Question 28 28. In constructive interference, the two waves' amplitudes are

Question 29 29. Which of the following is an example of electromagnetic waves

Question 30 30. How is amplitude measured on a longitudinal wave?

Waves in Physics Chapter Exam Instructions

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