WAVE
CHARACTERISTICS
Physics Power Points
Physics II
Mr. Young
www.pedagogics.ca
What is a wave?
What is a wave?
a pattern of disturbances (oscillations,
vibrations) caused by the movement of
energy through matter or sp...
What is a wave?
a pattern of disturbances (oscillations,
vibrations) caused by the movement of
energy through matter or sp...
What is a wave?
a pattern of disturbances (oscillations,
vibrations) caused by the movement of
energy through matter or sp...
Waves can be classified according to their nature.
Mechanical waves
Electromagnetic waves
Waves can be classified according to their nature.
Mechanical waves
Electromagnetic waves
require a medium (matter) to tra...
Waves can be classified according to their nature.
Mechanical waves
Electromagnetic waves
require a medium (matter) to tra...
Waves can be classified by direction of vibration
Tranverse waves
Longitudinal waves
A wave where the medium particles vibrate at
right angles to the direction of energy
transfer is called a transverse wave....
Waves can be classified by direction of vibration
Tranverse waves
Longitudinal waves
direction of energy transfer
directio...
Sound is an example of longitudinal wave
Look carefully at the motion of ONE of the
particles in this longitudinal wave!
A...
Waves can be classified by direction of vibration
Transverse waves
Longitudinal waves
direction of energy transfer
directi...
Wave pulses travel through a medium and
therefore transfer energy.
Particles in the medium are moved back and
forth by eac...
Observing Waves Activity
crest
trough
crest
trough
wave front
crest
trough
wave front
ray
Frequency
Water droplets hitting the surface create
disturbances (ripples) which move outward
from the source.
Increasing the rate of water droplets falling
creates more disturbances per unit time.
This is called the
frequency.
Each ...
What happens when
the frequency of the
source (drops) is
increased?
What happens when
the frequency of the
source (drops) is
increased?
More drops per
second, more waves
per second, waves
ar...
What happens when
the amplitude of the
source (drops) is
increased?
This would be caused
by the drops hitting
the water wi...
Increasing the height or size of the falling
water droplet is a BIGGER disturbance.
The height of the ripples increases. T...
What happens when
the amplitude of the
source (drops) is
increased?
This would be caused
by the drops hitting
the water wi...
A cork placed in the dish will bob up and
down as the waves passed by.
The relative position of the cork does not
change.
You can think of the cork as representing a
molecule of water (the medium)
So, the relative position of water molecules
do...
KEY CONCEPT
Waves transfer ENERGY not matter!
Describing Waves
Waves are created by vibrating objects
ONE vibration = ONE cycle = ONE oscillation
(all describe one comp...
WAVELENGTH: How far the wave energy travels
in one complete vibration.
This is the distance traveled in an amount of
time ...
Wavelength is measured as the distance
between identical points on two successive
waves.
AMPLITUDE: a measure of the maximum
distance the particles in the medium are
displaced from their resting position as the
...
AMPLITUDE: a measure of the maximum
distance the particles in the medium are
displaced from their resting position as the
...
Activity 2 – Examining Wave Motion in a
Slinky Spring
A continuous wave is produced when a
series of pulses are generated by a
vibrating source.
One shake produces a
single vib...
Longitudinal pulses can be produced by
holding spring coils together at one end and
then releasing.
A continuous wave can ...
Longitudinal pulses can be produced by
holding spring coils together at one end and
then releasing.
A continuous wave can ...
Using Graphs to Describe Waves
Displacement – Position Graphs
A displacement – position plot shows the
different position of a particles in the medium
at...
-1.5
-1
-0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
position
displacement
The graph shows the displacement of the rope
at an instant in time.
-1.5
-1
-0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
position
displacement
In transverse waves, the maximum and
minimum displacements are called crest...
Longitudinal waves are a bit tricky to understand
because the direction of vibration is not
perpendicular to the direction...
-1.5
-1
-0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
position
displacement
In longitudinal waves, the maximum and
minimum displacements are called
com...
-1.5
-1
-0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
Displacement-Time Graphs
A displacement – time plot shows how the
position of a particle in the m...
-1.5
-1
-0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
Amplitude can be measured on the y-axis.
time
displacement
Period can be measured on the x-axis.
...
Wave Speed
The speed of a wave is determined by the
properties of the medium it travels through.
Properties include:
Wave Speed
The speed of a wave is determined by the
properties of the medium it travels through.
Properties include:
• typ...
Recall:
The definition of period
The definition of wavelength
Recall:
The definition of period
The definition of wavelength
the time it takes to complete one
vibration/oscillation/cycl...
So:
wavelength
wave speed=
period
So:
wavelength
wave speed=
period
?
wavelength
wave speed=
period
Try this:
Use frequency instead of period and derive the
wave speed equation. Write the equa...
Practice:
1. Find the speed of a wave in a metal spring if
a pulse travels 7.5 m in 3.0 s.
2. What is the frequency of thi...
Physics ii djy 2013 ppt    wave characteristics
Physics ii djy 2013 ppt    wave characteristics
Physics ii djy 2013 ppt    wave characteristics
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  1. 1. WAVE CHARACTERISTICS Physics Power Points Physics II Mr. Young www.pedagogics.ca
  2. 2. What is a wave?
  3. 3. What is a wave? a pattern of disturbances (oscillations, vibrations) caused by the movement of energy through matter or space
  4. 4. What is a wave? a pattern of disturbances (oscillations, vibrations) caused by the movement of energy through matter or space
  5. 5. What is a wave? a pattern of disturbances (oscillations, vibrations) caused by the movement of energy through matter or space
  6. 6. Waves can be classified according to their nature. Mechanical waves Electromagnetic waves
  7. 7. Waves can be classified according to their nature. Mechanical waves Electromagnetic waves require a medium (matter) to travel through Sound waves, water waves, ripples in strings or springs are all examples of mechanical waves.
  8. 8. Waves can be classified according to their nature. Mechanical waves Electromagnetic waves require a medium (matter) to travel through Sound waves, water waves, ripples in strings or springs are all examples of mechanical waves. do not require a medium (matter) to travel through – they can travel through space Radio waves, visible light, x rays
  9. 9. Waves can be classified by direction of vibration Tranverse waves Longitudinal waves
  10. 10. A wave where the medium particles vibrate at right angles to the direction of energy transfer is called a transverse wave. Look carefully at the motion of ONE of the particles in this transverse wave!
  11. 11. Waves can be classified by direction of vibration Tranverse waves Longitudinal waves direction of energy transfer direction of vibration
  12. 12. Sound is an example of longitudinal wave Look carefully at the motion of ONE of the particles in this longitudinal wave! A tuning fork causes surrounding air molecules to vibrate back and forth. Direction of sound travel
  13. 13. Waves can be classified by direction of vibration Transverse waves Longitudinal waves direction of energy transfer direction of vibration direction of vibration direction of energy transfer
  14. 14. Wave pulses travel through a medium and therefore transfer energy. Particles in the medium are moved back and forth by each pulse but are not transferred from one place to another. direction of energy transfer Vibration of metal atoms in the spring (the medium) BIG IDEA! WAVES TRANSFER ENERGY NOT MATTER!
  15. 15. Observing Waves Activity
  16. 16. crest trough
  17. 17. crest trough wave front
  18. 18. crest trough wave front ray
  19. 19. Frequency Water droplets hitting the surface create disturbances (ripples) which move outward from the source.
  20. 20. Increasing the rate of water droplets falling creates more disturbances per unit time. This is called the frequency. Each disturbance has less time to travel before the next is created – so ripples are closer together
  21. 21. What happens when the frequency of the source (drops) is increased?
  22. 22. What happens when the frequency of the source (drops) is increased? More drops per second, more waves per second, waves are closer together.
  23. 23. What happens when the amplitude of the source (drops) is increased? This would be caused by the drops hitting the water with more force.
  24. 24. Increasing the height or size of the falling water droplet is a BIGGER disturbance. The height of the ripples increases. This is called the amplitude of the wave.
  25. 25. What happens when the amplitude of the source (drops) is increased? This would be caused by the drops hitting the water with more force. How?
  26. 26. A cork placed in the dish will bob up and down as the waves passed by. The relative position of the cork does not change.
  27. 27. You can think of the cork as representing a molecule of water (the medium) So, the relative position of water molecules does not change (only motion is up and down)
  28. 28. KEY CONCEPT Waves transfer ENERGY not matter!
  29. 29. Describing Waves Waves are created by vibrating objects ONE vibration = ONE cycle = ONE oscillation (all describe one complete back and forth motion) FREQUENCY: the number of vibrations each second. Measured in s-1 (or Hertz). The symbol for frequency is f. A frequency of 12 Hz means that there are 12 complete waves generated each second! PERIOD: the time required for one vibration. Measured in seconds. The symbol for period is T.
  30. 30. WAVELENGTH: How far the wave energy travels in one complete vibration. This is the distance traveled in an amount of time equal to the period of the wave. The symbol for wavelength is the Greek letter lambda (l).
  31. 31. Wavelength is measured as the distance between identical points on two successive waves.
  32. 32. AMPLITUDE: a measure of the maximum distance the particles in the medium are displaced from their resting position as the wave passes. It is easier to visualize these characteristics by looking at plots Direction of Energy transfer transverse vibration longitudinal vibration
  33. 33. AMPLITUDE: a measure of the maximum distance the particles in the medium are displaced from their resting position as the wave passes. It is easier to visualize these characteristics by looking at plots Direction of Energy transfer transverse vibration longitudinal vibration
  34. 34. Activity 2 – Examining Wave Motion in a Slinky Spring
  35. 35. A continuous wave is produced when a series of pulses are generated by a vibrating source. One shake produces a single vibration (a wave pulse). If the end of the spring is shaken back and forth, a continuous series of pulses is produced. This is a standing wave pattern.
  36. 36. Longitudinal pulses can be produced by holding spring coils together at one end and then releasing. A continuous wave can be produced by sliding the end of the spring back and forth towards your partner (holding the fixed end)
  37. 37. Longitudinal pulses can be produced by holding spring coils together at one end and then releasing. A continuous wave can be produced by sliding the end of the spring back and forth towards your partner (holding the fixed end)
  38. 38. Using Graphs to Describe Waves
  39. 39. Displacement – Position Graphs A displacement – position plot shows the different position of a particles in the medium at a given time for a section of the wave. Consider a rope that is being vibrated at one end. If we took a snapshot with a camera it might look like this.
  40. 40. -1.5 -1 -0.5 0 0.5 1 1.5 position displacement The graph shows the displacement of the rope at an instant in time.
  41. 41. -1.5 -1 -0.5 0 0.5 1 1.5 position displacement In transverse waves, the maximum and minimum displacements are called crests and troughs respectively. The distance between two successive crests OR troughs would be the wavelength crest trough l
  42. 42. Longitudinal waves are a bit tricky to understand because the direction of vibration is not perpendicular to the direction of wave travel. Consider the following images compression rarefaction l
  43. 43. -1.5 -1 -0.5 0 0.5 1 1.5 position displacement In longitudinal waves, the maximum and minimum displacements are called compressions and rarefactions respectively. The distance between centers of two successive compressions OR rarefactions would be the wavelength center of compression center of rarefaction l
  44. 44. -1.5 -1 -0.5 0 0.5 1 1.5 Displacement-Time Graphs A displacement – time plot shows how the position of a particle in the medium changes as it vibrates back and forth. Transverse and longitudinal waves look the same on this type of plot. The only difference is the direction of the particle displacement. time displacement
  45. 45. -1.5 -1 -0.5 0 0.5 1 1.5 Amplitude can be measured on the y-axis. time displacement Period can be measured on the x-axis. The period would be the time for one complete wave.
  46. 46. Wave Speed The speed of a wave is determined by the properties of the medium it travels through. Properties include:
  47. 47. Wave Speed The speed of a wave is determined by the properties of the medium it travels through. Properties include: • type of material • elasticity • tension • density (solid, liquid or gas) • temperature distance speed= tim e Speed is calculated using the following equation.
  48. 48. Recall: The definition of period The definition of wavelength
  49. 49. Recall: The definition of period The definition of wavelength the time it takes to complete one vibration/oscillation/cycle the distance a wave travels in a complete vibration/oscillation/cycle
  50. 50. So: wavelength wave speed= period
  51. 51. So: wavelength wave speed= period ?
  52. 52. wavelength wave speed= period Try this: Use frequency instead of period and derive the wave speed equation. Write the equation using appropriate symbols.
  53. 53. Practice: 1. Find the speed of a wave in a metal spring if a pulse travels 7.5 m in 3.0 s. 2. What is the frequency of this wave if the distance between two successive wave crests is 0.25 m? 3. Challenge: A fisherman passes the time by counting waves passing under his boat. He notices that his boat rises and falls 8 times in 65 seconds. He counts 6 wave crests between his boat and a buoy located 54 m away. What is the speed of the water waves?

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