Compression Wave: Definition & Overview


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Which of these is the correct definition of a longitudinal wave?

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1. Which of these is an example of a longitudinal wave?

2. On a diagram/graph that plots position in the x-direction against position in the y-direction, what does the length from peak to peak or trough to trough represent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on longitudinal waves, as well as terms like compression and rarefaction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The characteristics of a graphed wave
  • The direction of particle displacements
  • The difference between compression and rarefaction
  • Characteristics of longitudinal waves
  • The definition of a transverse wave

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as wavelength and longitudinal wave
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of peaks and troughs
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can draw the most important information from the related compression wave lesson

Additional Learning

There is also an accompanying lesson that will help you gain even more information on the subject. The lesson is called Compression Wave: Definition & Overview. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Differentiate transverse and compression waves
  • Identify characteristics of longitudinal waves
  • Learn about the different types of waves
  • Diagram parts of a wave
  • Find examples of longitudinal waves