Wave Rarefaction: Definition & Curves


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A rarefaction is like the _____ of a wave.

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1. Rarefactions ONLY occur in which of these types of wave?

2. Which of these is NOT an example of a wave that has rarefactions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this quiz and attached worksheet, you can evaluate how well you understand areas of high and low density. The quiz will assess your understanding of concepts like longitudinal waves.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of:

  • Longitudinal waves
  • Waves with rarefactions
  • Names for the low and peak areas of waves

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on curves and wave rarefaction
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the characteristics of wave parameters in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding compressions and rarefactions and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the vibration of waves

Additional Learning

To learn more about waves, review the lesson on Wave Rarefaction: Definition & Curves that covers the following objectives:

  • Identify primary waves
  • Define transverse waves
  • Explain rarefaction and compression