Wavelength

Pronunciation: /ˈweɪvˌlɛŋkθ/ Explain

Diagram showing the measurement of a wavelength from crest to crest.
Figure 1: Diagram showing the measurement of a wavelength from crest to crest.

Wavelength is the distance from the crest to crest of a wave. This word is used mainly in the context of physics. In math contexts, we use the term period instead. Figure 1 shows the measurement of a wavelength.

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McAdams, David E. Wavelength. 5/5/2011. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/w/wavelength.html.

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3/11/2008: Clarified usage of wavelength. (McAdams, David E.)
7/12/2007: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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