# Diagram of a Wave Printable

What are the parts of a wave? If you wonder about the parts and structures that make a wave, stop by and take a look at these free and printable diagram of a wave with the complete descriptions below. There are many parts of a wave and you sure need these illustrations to help yo understand about the structure of a wave. First diagram is posted below.

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The diagram of a wave above is the wave on water diagram. What you see when you are on the beach is the waves, and waves are generated by wind blowing over the sea. The characteristics of waves are determined by the strength of the wind, its duration and fetch (distance a wave travels). The stronger the wind the greater the friction on the surface of the sea and therefore the bigger the wave. That’s why, wind plays crucial role in the size of the wave. More wave diagrams can be seen below.

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A wave can be broken down into three main components. They are crest, trough, and amplitude. The crest of a wave is the point on the medium that exhibits the maximum amount of positive or upward displacement from the rest position. The trough of a wave is the point on the medium that exhibits the maximum amount of negative or downward displacement from the rest position. The wave shown above can be described by a variety of properties.

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One such property is amplitude. The amplitude of a wave refers to the maximum amount of displacement of a particle on the medium from its rest position. The wavelength is another property of a wave that is portrayed in the diagram above. The wavelength of a wave is simply the length of one complete wave cycle. All these diagrams are free to be downloaded. Save these diagrams and make your learning about wave much easier!