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Review Sheet
Waves and Vibrations


Web Resources

Whiteboard Notes Introduction to Waves
 
Textbook Assignments Set #1      Answers
Set #2      Answers
Set #3      Answers


Vocabulary      

wave vw = *l
mechanical non-mechanical
transverse longitudinal
compression rarefaction
torsional elliptical (surface waves)
point source amplitude
periodic pulse
crest trough
equilibrium position wavelength (l)
vibration period (T)
frequency () hertz
relationship between frequency and wavelength (,l) wave velocity (vw)
relationship between frequency and period (,T) sinusoidal
electromagnetic radiation spectrum order pendulum
point of suspension length of a pendulum
factors affecting a pendulum's period:
length, mass, gravity
pendulum bob
damped amplitude vs energy
speed of sound (dry air) speed of light


Formulas

vw = f l         T = 1 / f          d = r t
(pendulum)  T = 2p [ L / g ]
(strings)  vw = Tension / [ Mass/ Length ]
(percent error)  % = | (Accepted - Experimental) / Accepted | * 100
(slope)  m = ( y2 - y1 ) / ( x2 - x1 )
(equation of a line)  y = mx + b

Sample Regents Exam Questions

2002 Regents - January - part 3: # 41,46
2001 Regents - January - part 2: #39, 40
2001 Regents - January - part 3: #41,42,43,44,50,51
2001 Regents - June - part 2: #37,38,39
2000 Regents - part 2: #34
2000 Regents - part 3: #43,44
1999 Regents - part 2: #40
1999 Regents - part 3: #41,44
1998 Regents - part 2: #37,39
1998 Regents - part 3: #41,42
1997 Regents - part 2: #36,37,40
1997 Regents - part 3: #48


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