Practice Problems
Wave Fundamentals
Directions:
On this worksheet, you will deal with the fundamental definitions of waves.
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Question 1
A sound wave has a frequency of 259 Hz and travels in air at a speed of 347.2 m/sec. How far apart are any two adjacent wave compressions?
2.68 meters
0.75 meters
1.34 meters
6.06 meters
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Question 2
A fisherman notices that wave crests pass the bow of his anchored boat every 5 seconds. He measures the distance between two wave crests to be 9.4 meters. How fast are the waves traveling?
3.76 m/sec
47.0 m/sec
1.88 m/sec
23.5 m/sec
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Question 3
A wave has a speed of 270 m/sec and a wavelength of 9.4 meters. What is this wave's period?
2.87 x 10
^{1}
seconds
2.79 x 10
^{2}
seconds
3.48 x 10
^{-2}
seconds
2.61 x 10
^{2}
seconds
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Question 4
A sinusoidal wave travels along a string. The time for a particular point to move from maximum displacement to zero is 0.27 seconds. What is the wave's frequency?
9.26 x 10
^{-1}
Hz
3.7 x 10
^{0}
Hz
1.08 x 10
^{0}
Hz
1.85 x 10
^{0}
Hz
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Question 5
If the wavelength is 1.295 meters in
Question 4
, that how fast does the wave energy travel along the string?
2.4 x 10
^{0}
m/sec
1.4 x 10
^{0}
m/sec
1.2 x 10
^{0}
m/sec
4.8 x 10
^{0}
m/sec
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Question 6
Light has a speed in a vacuum of 3 x 10
^{8}
m/s. The frequency of visible light is about 5.24 x 10
^{14}
Hz. What is the approximate wavelength of the light?
1.91 x 10
^{-15}
meters
2.87 x 10
^{-7}
meters
1.75 x 10
^{6}
meters
5.73 x 10
^{-7}
meters
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