What Are Surface Waves? - Definition, Types & Examples


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A Rayleigh wave is a type of:

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1. A surface wave from an earthquake does not:

2. The first type of wave to arrive from an earthquake's epicenter is a:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will check how much you know about surface waves, including types and examples of waves. Topics you'll need to know in order to pass the quiz include the definition of a Rayleigh wave and the effect an earthquake has on a surface wave.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will quiz you on the following:

  • Which type of wave first arrives from an earthquake's epicenter
  • The name of the ripples generated by a stone being thrown into a pond
  • How to best design a building to withstand an earthquake

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information given about surface waves
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Rayleigh waves
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about surface wave characteristics and types

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, please review the accompanying lesson called What Are Surface Waves? - Definition, Types & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn in greater detail what a surface wave is
  • Compare and contrast different types of surface waves
  • Discuss and examine the diagram of motions of body and surface waves found in the lesson