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Wavelength and Period

  1. Jan 17, 2009 #1
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    my question is simple and doesn't really fit the template.

    Is wavelength and period of a wave not the same thing?
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  3. Jan 17, 2009 #2


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    Wavelength is a physical measure of length, whereas period is a measurement of time.
  4. Jan 18, 2009 #3


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    Defennder is correct, they are different.

    They might appear to be the same in drawings of waves, but:

    When illustrating the wavelength, the x-axis in the figure would be position or distance (at a fixed time).

    When illustrating period, the x-axis would be time (at a fixed position).
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