Characteristics of wave motion
· For the propagation of the waves, the medium must possess both inertia and elasticity, which decide the velocity of the wave in that medium.
· In a given medium, the velocity of a wave is a constant whereas the constituent particles in that medium move with different velocities at different positions. Velocity is maximum at their mean position and zero at extreme positions.
· Waves undergo reflections, refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization.