Shallow Water Waves: Definition & Speed Calculation


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In shallow water, what does wave speed depend on?

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1. A wave has a wavelength of 220 meters. At which of the following depths is this wave considered a shallow water wave?

2. A shallow water wave at a depth of 1 meter is traveling at what speed?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test out your knowledge of shallow water waves with this interactive quiz and worksheet resource. The questions will gauge your understanding of water speed variables, depth and wave speed calculation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • What wave speed depends on in shallow water
  • When a wave is considered a shallow water wave
  • How to calculate wave speed in shallow water

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve wave speed practice problems
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related shallow wave lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about water depth and wave speed

Additional Learning

To learn more about shallow water waves, review the accompanying lesson called Shallow Water Waves: Definition & Speed Calculation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define shallow water wave
  • Memorize the formula to calculate the speed of a shallow water wave
  • Calculate wave speed based upon given scenarios
  • Explain why waves are referred to by different names in different parts of the oceans