What Is the Definition of Wave Velocity?

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Wave velocity is the rate at which a wave travels through a medium, as well as the rate at which a body is displaced in a given direction. Find out why wave velocity is higher in areas of low density with help from a tutor and teacher in this free video on education and physics.

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Hi my name is Samir Malik and I'm a tutor for middle school and high school students in the Austin area. Today we're going to be discussing the definition of wave velocity. Wave velocity is the rate at which a wave travels through a medium so if it is going through an object or just through thin air we would realize the rate at which it is going through that medium itself. It is also the rate at which a body is displaced in a given direction so a body could be moving in a westward direction and then displaced or moved in a northward direction and the rate at which it is moved would also be considered wave velocity. The wave velocity in water for example which is a higher dense area than air would be less than the wave velocity in just thin air for example where the wave velocity would be greater since air is less dense than water. This would be the definition of wave velocity and some examples of wave velocity.

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