a periodic disturbance in a solid, liquid, or gas as energy is transmitted through a medium
a physical environment in which phenomena occur
a wave in which the particles of the medium move perpendicularly to the direction the wave is traveling
a wave vibrating in the direction of propagation
the maximum extent of a vibration or oscillation, measured from the position of equilibrium
the number of waves produced in a certain amount of time
the distance between successive crests of a wave, especially points in a sound wave or electromagnetic wave
the speed at which a wave travels
the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it
change in direction of propagation of any wave as a result of its traveling at different speeds at different points along the wave front
the process by which a beam of light or other system of waves is spread out as a result of passing through a narrow aperture or across an edge, typically accompanied by interference between the wave forms produced
when two waves meet in such a way that their crests line up together
when the crest of one wave meets the trough of another, and the result is a lower total amplitude
a sound or series of sounds caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface back to the listener
the action of compressing or being compressed
diminution in the density of something, especially air or a gas
reach the top of (something such as a hill or wave)
the lowest point the medium sinks to
a wave that is an oscillation of matter, and therefore transfers energy through a medium.
synchronized oscillations of electric and magnetic fields that propagate at the speed of light through a vacuum
Crossword puzzles have been published in newspapers and other publications since 1873. They consist of a grid of squares where the player aims to write words both horizontally and vertically.
Next to the crossword will be a series of questions or clues, which relate to the various rows or lines of boxes in the crossword. The player reads the question or clue, and tries to find a word that answers the question in the same amount of letters as there are boxes in the related crossword row or line.
Some of the words will share letters, so will need to match up with each other. The words can vary in length and complexity, as can the clues.
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Crosswords are a great exercise for students' problem solving and cognitive abilities. Not only do they need to solve a clue and think of the correct answer, but they also have to consider all of the other words in the crossword to make sure the words fit together.
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