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Wave Characteristics Worksheet Conceptual Physics Helpful Equations:

Name ___________________________ Period ______ Date____________

v f

where is wavelength f is frequency

f

1 where T is the period of the wave T

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The waves below trace the path shown in one second. Remember your units!

B.

C.

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Which wave has the largest amplitude? What is the value of the amplitude of this wave? (measure it!) A = ______________ Which wave has the highest frequency? What is the value of the frequency of this wave? f = _____________________

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3.

Which wave has the largest wavelength? What is the value of the wavelength? = __________________ Which wave has the highest period? What is the value of the period? T = ____________________

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5. 6.

Label wave #1 for wavelength, amplitude, equilibrium, crest, trough. What happens to the frequency if you increase your wavelength and keep wave speed the same?

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How can you change the amplitude of the wave?

8.

What is the relationship between period and frequency?

9.

What kinds of waves are shown above?

10. If the wavelength of wave B is 0.45 m, what is the wave speed?

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