Mechanical Waves: Production & Propagation


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What is a mechanical wave?

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1. Which of the following types of waves is NOT a mechanical wave?

2. Which of the following terms describes the number of waves that pass by each second?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you're interested in finding out how much you know about mechanical waves, this quiz and worksheet can help. Review and answer multiple-choice questions covering a type of wave not considered a mechanical wave, the number of waves passing each second and the speed of a mechanical wave.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Check your understanding of the following using this quiz and worksheet:

  • Definition of a mechanical wave
  • Types of waves described as mechanical waves
  • Term that describes the number of waves that pass by each second
  • Type of wave where the vibration is parallel to the direction of motion
  • Increased material elasticity and the speed of the mechanical wave going through it

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key phrases like mechanical wave
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about a wave that has a vibration parallel to the direction of motion
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding waves that are and are not mechanical waves

Additional Learning

Study the lesson called Mechanical Waves: Production & Propagation to build a quality understanding of the following:

  • Types of waves that have peaks and troughs
  • How a mechanical wave is created
  • The number of categories into which mechanical waves can be divided