Ch 9: Wave Motion

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The short and engaging lessons in this self-paced chapter make it easy to improve your knowledge of wave motion. Take mini quizzes and a practice exam to assess your comprehension and enhance your preparations for a future test.

Wave Motion - Chapter Summary

Feel confident in your understanding of wave motion by exploring our fun and informative lessons. Our expert instructors provide in-depth analyses of topics like wave parameters, standing waves and wave displacement, so that you're able to do the following in a short period of time:

  • Define and list types of waves
  • Describe the energy and motion of vibrations and waves
  • List and discuss the five wave parameters
  • Share the definition for and calculate wave displacement
  • Identify and describe the parts of a transverse wave
  • Conduct a standing waves experiment with a vibrating string

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6 Lessons in Chapter 9: Wave Motion
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Waves: Types & Definition

1. Waves: Types & Definition

Examine the different types of waves and what parts of our daily lives are affected by waves, from the ocean to the microwave to sound. Explore how waves are measured and classified.

Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion

2. Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion

What is a wave? What causes waves, and how do they travel from one place to another? This lesson will guide you through the basics of waves. We'll discuss their origins from vibrations and investigate how they carry energy through a medium.

Wave Parameters: Wavelength, Amplitude, Period, Frequency & Speed

3. Wave Parameters: Wavelength, Amplitude, Period, Frequency & Speed

How do we measure and describe waves? How do waves differ based upon their shapes? This lesson will guide you through the five wave parameters - period, frequency, amplitude, wavelength, and speed - that we use to characterize waves.

Wave Displacement: Definition & Formula

4. Wave Displacement: Definition & Formula

As a transverse wave travels, it affects the material it is traveling through. We can learn more about how it affects that material by exploring wave displacement and learning how to calculate it.

Transverse Wave: Definition, Parts & Examples

5. Transverse Wave: Definition, Parts & Examples

This lesson will define transverse waves, discuss the names for various features and parts of a transverse wave, and go through some examples of transverse waves in the world. A short quiz will follow.

Standing Waves: Physics Lab

6. Standing Waves: Physics Lab

After reading this lesson, you'll be able to conduct a physics experiment with a vibrating string. You'll see how your collected data compares with your theoretical values from using formulas.

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