Wave energy ~ wave height squ. or wave amplitude squ.?

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Hello,
I've found different formulas regarding wave energy.

1) Wave energy is proportional to wave length [tex]\lambda[/tex] times wave height squared

2) Wave energy is proportional to wave period T times wave amplitude squared

From what I've read, wave period is equivalent to wave length.
But wave height does not equal wave amplitude (for a sinusoidal wave: h=2a) so shouldn't it be 4a?

I think I'm mixing up a few things.
 

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jtbell
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In a "proportional to" relationship, numerical constants don't matter. So "proportional to amplitude squared" and "proportional to height squared" are equally valid statements, because amplitude and height are proportional to each other.
 
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Oh, okay, thank you.
 

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