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written by Carl Rod Nave
This webpage, from Hyperphysics, provides a detailed explanation of how waves form in the ocean. A series of diagrams show how the water moves as a wave passes by. The site shows how a water wave's speed depends on wavelength, and how the shape of a wave depends on its amplitude. A description of why waves break on a beach is included.
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Other Sciences
- Geoscience
Waves and Pendula
- Wave Motion
- Informal Education
- High School
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Image credit: Malene Thyssen (Creative Commons); Image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from August 1, 2010 until August 16, 2010. View the feature here!


Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2007 C.R. Nave, 2006
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Keywords: wave speed, waves
Record Creator: Metadata instance created July 13, 2010 by Foha Rafiq
Record Updated: Jul 13, 2010 by Ed Lee
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March 21, 2005
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C. Nave, (2007), WWW Document, (http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/waves/watwav2.html).
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C. Nave, Ocean Waves, (2007), <http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/waves/watwav2.html>.
APA Format
Nave, C. (2005, March 21). Ocean Waves. Retrieved December 20, 2014, from http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/waves/watwav2.html
Chicago Format
Nave, Carl Rod. Ocean Waves. March 21, 2005. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/waves/watwav2.html (accessed 20 December 2014).
MLA Format
Nave, Carl Rod. Ocean Waves. 2007. 21 Mar. 2005. 20 Dec. 2014 <http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/waves/watwav2.html>.
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