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# How do you find the speed of a deep water wave?

Speed (m/s) = ✤ Speed (m/s) = 3.1 * square root(depth in meters) ✤ Waves travel faster in deeper water. results in waves being more parallel to shore. A shallow water wave's speed is dependent on ocean depth. If part of a wave is in shallower water then it will travel slower.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what is the speed of a deep water wave?

Seismic sea waves have a period of about 20 minutes, and speeds of 760 km/h (470 mph). Wind waves (deep-water waves) have a period of about 20 seconds. The speed of all ocean waves is controlled by gravity, wavelength, and water depth.

Also, what determines the speed of deep water waves? The speed of deep-water waves depends on the wavelength of the waves. We say that deep-water waves show dispersion. A wave with a longer wavelength travels at higher speed. In contrast, shallow-water waves show no dispersion.

Similarly one may ask, how do you calculate the speed of a water wave?

Wave speed is the distance a wave travels in a given amount of time, such as the number of meters it travels per second. Wave speed is related to wavelength and wave frequency by the equation: Speed = Wavelength x Frequency. This equation can be used to calculate wave speed when wavelength and frequency are known.

Does the depth of water affect the speed of a wave?

The depth of water affects the speed of these waves directly without having anything to do with the density of the water. The deeper the water, the faster the waves travel, and so waves will refract (change direction) when they enter deeper or shallower water at an angle.

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