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What is the top of a wave called?

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The top of a wave is called the crest of a wave. It is the point on the wave that has the maximum height value.

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The opposite of a crest is called a trough. This is the point at which the maximum value of negative or downward movement is displayed.

Amplitude is the measurement from the resting point of a wave to either the very top of the wave or the very bottom of the wave.

The wavelength of a wave is the completion of one cycle of a wave. The actions of a wave are repeated in cycles. This is called a wave cycle.

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