Waves, Sound and Light: Wave Basics
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Extreme waves along ocean waters, sometimes referred to as freak waves or rogue waves, are a focus of much research and study among scientists. Several merchant ships reports rogue waves which are estimated to be 25 meters high and 26 meters long. Assuming that these waves travel at speeds of 6.5 m/s, determine the frequency and the period of these waves.
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Frequency: 0.25 Hz
Period: 4.0 s
Period: 4.0 s
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