Wave Displacement: Definition & Formula


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In order to understand wave displacement, you should know what displacement is in general. What is the definition of displacement?

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1. What direction does wave displacement occur in a 2D transverse wave?

2. What is the correct formula for harmonic wave displacement?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Wave displacement is an essential physics concept, which you can check your proficiency with by using this quiz and printable worksheet. Some topics in the quiz will include displacement, direction of wave displacement, wavenumber, angular wavenumber/angular frequency, and harmonic wave displacement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Practice questions will test you on:

  • Definition of displacement
  • Formula for harmonic wave displacement
  • Direction of wave displacement
  • Wavenumber
  • Angular wavenumber and angular frequency

Skills Practiced

You will demonstrate your skill in the following areas:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as displacement and wavenumber
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding angular frequency and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the direction of wave displacement
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the formula for harmonic wave displacement

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, named Wave Displacement: Definition & Formula, provides an opportunity to continue learning about this physics subject. Lesson objectives include:

  • Define amplitude, frequency and other relevant vocabulary
  • Know the formulas for frequency, wavenumber, and other variables
  • Understand how to represent the direction of a wave mathematically
  • Explain how waves move and what they displace