Edgar, Daniel, Skyler


Electromagnetic Waves are waves caused that have a electric and magnetic field and carry energy. These waves are classified based on how fast they go up and down (aka frequency). Some examples of electromagnetic waves are radio waves, x-rays, ultraviolet waves, and microwaves. Waves do four things.
1) Waves transmit energy
2) Waves spread out
3) Waves transform energy
4) Waves are related to vibrations

Two Types of Waves: Longitudinal and Transverse

Transverse Waves

A transverse wave is a moving wave where the disturbance moves perpendicular to the direction of the wave (look at the chart below). Transverse waves are created when there is a disturbance in the electromagnetic field. Transverse waves are important because they happen in our everyday life but we don't realize it. Examples of transverse waves are x-rays, radio waves, television waves, and light waves.
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Longitudinal Waves

Longitudinal waves are waves that travels parallel to the direction of energy transport and they consists of rarefactions and compressions. Longitudinal Waves are created by periodic electromagnetic disturbances or vibrations within a medium. Some real life examples of longitudinal waves are sound waves, ultra sound waves, tsunami waves, and waves in a slinky.
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Spherical Waves

Spherical Waves start from a single point and produce waves in a circular shape.

Wave Length - 0.02 m
Wave Frequency - 8 Hz

Wave Speed - 0.16 m/sec

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Ripple wave

Plane Waves

Plane Waves have a constant speed and its lines are parallel with each other.

Wave length - 0.03 m
Wave frequency - 6 Hz
Wave speed - 0.18 m/sec

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Plane wave

Dual Pin Interference

The interference between two sets of concentric waves that share the same frequency.

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Double Slit Interference

The interference from two sets of waves originating from a single source, that traveled through a barrier with two slits

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When constructive interference occurs; interfering waves travel in the same direction. When destructive interference occurs; interfering waves travel in opposite directions.

Dual Pin

  • Originates from two sources

  • Starts as a spherical wave

  • Waves interfere with only each other

Double Slit
  • Originates from a single source

  • Starts as a plane wave

  • Waves interfere with stationary objects

Wave Reflection

A change in the direction a wave is traveling after bouncing off a barrier between two kinds of media.

Law of Reflection-

The angle of reflection is equal to the angle of incidence
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Wave Diffraction

Change in the intensity or direction of a wave after passing by an obstruction who's size is about the size of the wavelength

The smaller the distance of the diffraction, the greater the deflection.

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