## What is the amplitude of a water wave?

The wave amplitude A equals one half the wave height H, which is the distance between the crest and the trough. The wavelength λ (the Greek letter lambda) is the distance between two crests (or two troughs or two inflection points with the same curvature above and below the points).

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**How do you calculate the wavelength of water waves?**

How do you measure wavelength?

- Use a photometer to measure the energy of a wave.
- Convert the energy into joules (J).
- Divide the energy by Planck’s constant, 6.626 x 10-34, to get the frequency of the wave.
- Divide the speed of light, ~300,000,000 m/s, by the frequency to get wavelength.

**How does amplitude affect water waves?**

The amount of energy in a wave depends on its height and wavelength as well as the distance over which it breaks. Given equal wavelengths, a wave with greater amplitude will release more energy when it falls back to sea level than a wave of lesser amplitude.

### Why does amplitude increase in shallow water?

In deep water, a tsunami moves very fast and has a long wavelength and a small amplitude. As it enters shallower water, it slows down and the wavelength decreases. This causes the wave to become much taller.

**What is general wave equation?**

The (two-way) wave equation is a second-order linear partial differential equation for the description of waves or standing wave fields — as they occur in classical physics — such as mechanical waves (e.g. water waves, sound waves and seismic waves) or electromagnetic waves (including light waves).

**What is the equation for wave frequency?**

f = v / λ

This time, we want to learn how to find the frequency of a wave if you’re given the wave velocity and wavelength. You need to use the following frequency formula: f = v / λ .

#### How is amplitude related to wavelength?

The amplitude of a wave is the height of a wave as measured from the highest point on the wave (peak or crest) to the lowest point on the wave (trough). Wavelength refers to the length of a wave from one peak to the next. The amplitude or height of a wave is measured from the peak to the trough.