P6 Mechanical Waves Review

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What type of wave is characterized by particles of the medium moving in a direction parallel to the direction that the wave moves?

Longitudinal wave

Which type of wave is created by vibrating objects and propagated through a medium from one location to another?

Sound wave

What phenomenon occurs when a wave reaches the boundary between two media and a portion of the wave undergoes reflection while another portion undergoes transmission?

Reflection of Sound

What is the term for the bending of waves when they enter a medium where their speed is different?

Refraction of Sound

Which characteristic determines the wavelength and frequency of a periodic wave?


What is the term for the bending of waves around a small obstacle and the spreading out of waves from a small opening?

Diffraction of Sound

What is the phenomenon where light bounces off an object?


Which type of lens converges rays of light that are traveling parallel to its principal axis?

Convex lens

What is the center of curvature for a concave mirror?

Sphere's center

What is the near point in relation to the human eye?

The point where the human eye can see near objects clearly

When light passes from a fast medium to a slow medium, what happens to the light ray?

It bends toward the normal

What is the phenomenon where light waves spread out and interfere with each other?


Which type of mirror has a shape cut out of a spherical surface?

Concave mirror

What is the speed at which electromagnetic waves propagate through free space or vacuum?

$2.99 \times 10^8$ m/s

What type of wave phenomenon is responsible for the change in frequency heard when a vehicle with a siren passes by?

Doppler Effect

In which scenario will light refract away from the normal?

Light passing from water to glass

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