The Superposition Principle & Resultant Waves


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What is the superposition principle?

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1. Which of the following describes destructive interference?

2. If a peak of one wave, and the peak of another wave overlap, what will the resultant wave look like?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Any time during your review of the superposition principle and resultant waves, you can use our short quiz and worksheet to test your comprehension. Questions on these assessments feature a multiple-choice format and cover waves, destructive interference, overlap of wave peaks and wave superposition.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to check your comprehension of the following:

  • Definition of the superposition principle
  • Combination that creates destructive interference
  • Resultant wave after the overlap of the peaks of two waves
  • Examples of wave superposition
  • Definition of a wave

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms and phrases like wave and superposition principle
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about destructive interference
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding resultant waves and wave superposition

Additional Learning

Paired with this quiz and worksheet is a lesson called The Superposition Principle & Resultant Waves. Review this lesson any time to build a quality understanding of the following:

  • Action of taking two waves and putting them on top of each other
  • Definition of constructive interference
  • Term describing what happens when a radio near an electronic device makes the signal unclear