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1 Name three different types of wave.

any three from: light, sound, waves on water, seismic waves

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2 What property of a wave does the wavelength describe?

the distance from one wave to the same place on the next wave

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3 What are the units for wavelength?

metres

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4 What property of a wave does the frequency describe?

the number of waves per second

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5 What are the units for frequency?

hertz

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6 What is transferred by a wave?

energy

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7 What does amplitude mean?

the height of a wave, more correctly, the maximum displacement of a particle from its rest position

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8 In which direction do the particles in a sound wave move compared to the direction the wave is travelling?

backwards and forwards in the same direction as the wave

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9 What word is used to describe waves like sound waves?

longitudinal

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10 What word is used to describe waves like the waves on water?

transverse

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11 Name a type of transverse wave.

waves on water, some seismic waves, light waves

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12 Name a type of longitudinal wave.

sound, some seismic waves

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13 What is the difference between longitudinal and transverse waves?

the direction the particles move compared to the direction the wave is travelling

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14 What word describes the number of waves per second?

frequency

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15 What word describes the time taken for one wave to pass?

period

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16 What word describes the distance between a point on one wave and the same point on the next wave?

wavelength

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17 What are the units for frequency?

hertz

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18 Name two things that waves can transfer.

energy and information

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19 Name one thing that waves do not transfer.

matter

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20 What is the equation that links wave speed, frequency and wavelength?

wave speed=frequency x wavelength

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21 What two things do you need to measure to find the speed of a wave?

either the time to cover a certain distance, or the wavelength and the frequency

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22 Describe the path of light when you watch TV.

TV to eye

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23 Describe the path of light when you sit underneath a lamp and read a book.

lamp to book to eye

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24 What is the word that describes light bouncing off a material?

reflection

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25 What does refraction mean?

changing the direction of a wave

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26 When does refraction happen to light waves?

when light goes into or out of a material

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27 Name three materials that light can travel through.

any three transparent materials, such as air, glass, water, Perspex

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28 Why is it difficult to see the exact positions of objects on the bottom of a swimming pool?

light is refracted as it leaves the water

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29 What does the frequency of a wave describe?

number of waves per second

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30 What are the units for frequency?

hertz