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Closed-pipe resonator Cylindrical tube with one end closed and a sound source at other end.
Coefficient of friction Ratio of frictional force and the normal force between two forces.
Coefficient of linear expansion Change in length divided by original length and by temperature change.
Coefficient of volume expansion Change in volume divided by original volume and by temperature change.
Coherent waves Waves in which all are in step; are in phase.
Cohesive force Attractive force between similar substances.
Complementary color Two colors that, when added , produce white light. Two pigments, that when combined, produce black.
Compound machine Machine consisting of two or more simple machines.
Compton effect Interaction of photons, usually X rays, with electrons in matter resulting in increased wavelength of X rays and kinetic energy of electrons.
Concave lens Lens thinner in center than edges; a diverging lens.
Concave mirror Converging mirror, one with center of curvature on reflecting side of mirror.
Conduction band Energies of charge carries in a solid such that the carries are free to move.
Conductor Materials through which charged particles move readily; or heat flow readily.
Conserved properties Property that is the same before and after an interaction.
Consonance Two or more sounds that, when heard together, sound pleasant.
 
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