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GCE O-Level Physics Syllabus 

Chapter 12: General Wave Properties

Chapter Topics:

Describing wave motion
Wave terms
Longitudinal and transverse waves

Learning Objectives:

(a) Describe what is meant by wave motion as illustrated by vibrations in ropes and springs and by waves in a ripple tank.

(b) Show understanding that waves transfer energy without transferring matter.

(c) Define speed, frequency, wavelength, period and amplitude.

(d) State what is meant by the term wave front.

(e) Recall and apply the relationship velocity = frequency × wavelength to new situations or to solve related problems.

(f) Compare transverse and longitudinal waves and give suitable examples of each.

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