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Mechanical Waves And Sound

Subject : engineering
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1. The bending of a wave as it moves around an obstacle or passes through a narrow opening

2. Consists of the eardrum - hammer - anvil - & stirrup

3. An area where the particles in a medium are spaced close together

4. A wave that travels along a surface separating two media (more than one medium)

5. Any motion that repeats at regular time intervals

6. A wave that causes the medium to vibrate at right angles to the direction in which the wave travels

7. A point where a crest or trough occurs midway between two nodes

8. When two or more waves combine to produce a wave with a larger displacement

9. Wavelength x frequency

10. Consists of the cochlea and the auditory nerve

11. The distance between a point on one wave and the same point on the next cycle of the wave

12. The material through which a wave travels through

13. A wave in which the vibration of the medium is parallel to the direction the wave travels

14. A disturbance in matter that carries energy from one place to another

15. A technique used for determining the distance to an object underwater

16. The response of a standing wave to another wave of the same frequency

17. The number of complete cycles in a given time

18. A change in sound frequency caused by motion of the sound source - motion of the listener - or both

19. Is the maximum displacement of the medium from its rest position on a wave

20. The frequency of a sound as you perceive it

21. The lowest point below the rest position

22. The bending of a wave as it enters a new medium at an angle

23. An area where the particles in a medium are spread out

24. The highest point of the wave above the rest position

25. A point on a standing wave that has no displacement from the rest position

26. The time required for one cycle - a complete motion that returns to its starting point

27. When two or more waves overlap or combine together

28. A physical response to the intensity of sound - modified by physical factors

29. When a wave bounces off a surface that it cannot pass through

30. Consists of the ear canal

31. A wave that appears to stay in one place - it does not seem to move through the medium

32. A unit that compares the intensity of different sounds

33. Longitudinal waves - compressions and rarefactions that travel through a medium

34. The rate at which a wave's energy flows through a given area

35. When two or more waves combine to produce a wave with a smaller displacement