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Speed of waves

A fisherman notices that wave crests pass the bow of his anchored boat every 4.0seconds. He measures the distance between two crests to be 9.0 m. How fast are the waves traveling?

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Crest - highest point
Trough - lowest point
Wavelength (L) - horizontal distance between 2 crests or troughs.

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The solution calculates the speed of waves.