Wave Equation

The wave equation simply relates the wavelength λ, frequency f, and velocity of a wave.

For light, with velocity c, the wave equation is:

c = f λ

Since the period of a wave is P=1/f, an alternative form of the wave equation is:

c = λ/P

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