Lesson: Comparing Transverse and Longitudinal Waves
In this lesson, we will learn how to identify the differences and similarities between transverse and longitudinal waves in terms of amplitude, wavelength, and period.
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Worksheet: 9 Questions • 1 Video
A longitudinal wave consists of individual particles that might possibly move in the directions , , , and shown in the diagram. Which of the following directions can the yellow particle shown in the diagram move in as the wave travels to the right?
The diagram shows a transverse wave and highlights the wave’s wave fronts. The wave fronts shown without the wave can represent the wave. How many wavelengths of the wave separate each wave front from its nearest neighboring wave front?
A transverse wave is shown in the diagram. What is the amplitude of the wave?