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Do Scientists Measure the Height of a Wave Too?

Another thing scientists often measure is the wave's or height, or "amplitude." What exactly do we mean by a wave's amplitude? That is, how do you measure the height or amplitude of a wave? Look at these diagrams and see if you can figure out a good definition for amplitude.

The Amplitude is 0.7

The Amplitude is 1


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