The speed (or sometimes you might see it called velocity) of a wave, v, is how far the wave travels in a certain time. Wave speed is measured in metres per second (m/s). All the electromagnetic waves travel at 300,000,000 metres per second (3 x 108 m/s). Sound travels at about 340 metres per second.
In this manner, what is the unit for speed of a wave?
Speed = Wavelength x Wave Frequency. In this equation, wavelength is measured in meters and frequency is measured in hertz (Hz), or number of waves per second. Therefore, wave speed is given in meters per second, which is the SI unit for speed.
How do you measure the speed of the wave?
Apply this to waves: count the number of waves passing each second (= frequency), and multiply by the length of each (= wavelength) to find the speed. speed = distance/time = l/T= l / (1/f) = f λ. Work through three examples: A simple example, perhaps for sound in air, with values in Hz and m.
What happens when you change the speed of a wave?
The speed of a wave is only altered by alterations in the properties of the medium through which it travels. The wavelength of a wave does not affect the speed at which the wave travels. Both Wave C and Wave D travel at the same speed.