P-Waves: Definition & Velocity


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What type of waves are P-waves?

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1. At the Earth's surface, a P-wave travels at about _____.

2. P-waves move slowest through what type of material?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help gauge your understanding of P-waves. Topics you will need to know in order to pass the quiz include the classification of P-waves and their speed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of the following:

  • Material through which P-waves move slowest
  • P-waves's speed at Earth's surface
  • Cause of P-waves shadow zones

Skills practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Earth science lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about P-waves in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify areas that do not experience seismic activity

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson P-Waves: Definition & Velocity, which covers the following objectives:

  • Define P-waves
  • Understand velocity and wave propagation
  • Identify speed of seismic waves
  • Recognize the cause of seismic shadow zones