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wave number

The reciprocal of wavelength is known as the wave number (N) and since it is directly proportional to frequency can therefore be used exactly as frequency would be used. Wave number denotes the number of waves per centimeter.

            c
v =     ____
            l

wave number = velocity (c) divided by wavelength (l).

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Frequency = the number of cycles/waves per TIME.
Wave Number = the number of cycles/waves per SPACE.

See Also

Frequency
Interval
Oscillation
Revolution
Rotation
Space
Spacetime
Table 12.02.01 - Wavelengths and Frequencies
Time
Unison
Wave
Wave Field
Wavelength


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