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Today’s Topics:

Waves and Wave Properties

- What do you think of when you hear the word wave?
- Write a brief description in yourscience notebook of what you think a wave is

- A Wave is disturbance that transfers energy from 1 place to another

- Medium: the matter a wave passes through
- Amplitude (height): the distance a medium rises or falls from its resting point
- Wavelength: the distance from any 1 point on a wave to an identical point on the next weave. This measures the length of 1 cycle

Image source:

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/waves/Lesson-1/Categories-of-Waves

- Let’s view a simulation
- http://www.animatedscience.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/focus_waves/tl-wave.html

Surface Waves

A combination of

transverse and longitudinal.

An example is an Ocean Wave: As a wave travels through the medium (water), the particles of that medium travel in clockwise circles.

As a wave heads into shore, the top of the wave is free but the bottom of the wave becomes constricted, causing the wave´s crest to build. Eventually the water is unable to support the wave and it breaks

- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4136289.stm
- This shows a simulation on how a tsunami is formed
You Tube has many videos of the 2004 Tsunami waves and the destruction

- This shows a simulation on how a tsunami is formed

- The wavelength, λ, of a wave is the distance from any point on one wave to the same point on the next wave along

Image courtesy of: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/standard/physics/telecommunications/communication_using_waves/revision/5/

- The amplitude, a, of a wave is the distance from the centre line (or the still position) to the top of a crest or to the bottom of a trough. Measured in meters

- The frequency, f, of a wave is the number of waves passing a point in a certain time. We normally use a time of one second, so this gives frequency the unit hertz (Hz), since one hertz is equal to one wave per second

- http://safeshare.tv/w/SkYbVfMRpv

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