# Physics: Wave Behavior

## Test Quiz

Questions on this quiz are based on information from
Physics: Wave Behavior.

1. What type of wave behavior occurs when a wave oscillates in one particular direction?
a. Reflection
b. Refraction
c. Diffraction
d. Polarization
e. Absorption

2. What type of wave behavior occurs when a wave stays in the same medium, but bends around an obstacle?
a. Reflection
b. Refraction
c. Diffraction
d. Polarization
e. Absorption

3. What is it called when a wave encounters a barrier and returns to the original medium?
a. Reflection
b. Refraction
c. Diffraction
d. Polarization
e. Absorption

4. What is it called when a wave encounters a new medium and the medium takes some of the energy of the wave away?
a. Reflection
b. Refraction
c. Diffraction
d. Polarization
e. Absorption

5. What is it called when a wave changes direction upon moving from one medium to a new medium?
a. Interference
b. Refraction
c. Diffraction
d. Polarization
e. Absorption

6. When sunlight hits black pavement, the pavement becomes hot. This is an example of what type of wave behavior?
a. Interference
b. Refraction
c. Diffraction
d. Polarization
e. Absorption

7. What is it called when two waves come into contact with each other?
a. Interference
b. Refraction
c. Diffraction
d. Polarization
e. Absorption

8. Light striking a prism is an example of what type of wave behavior?
a. Interference
b. Refraction
c. Diffraction
d. Polarization
e. Absorption

9. What type of waves cannot be polarized?
a. Transverse waves
b. Light waves
d. Sound waves
e. All of the above

10. What type of wave interference results in a wave with a smaller amplitude than the two original waves?
a. Destructive
b. Constructive
c.
d.
e.

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