Worksheet: Comparing Transverse and Longitudinal Waves

In this worksheet, we will practice identifying the differences and similarities between transverse and longitudinal waves in terms of amplitude, wavelength, and period.

Q1:

A transverse wave consists of individual particles that might possibly move in the directions 𝐴 , 𝐵 , 𝐶 , and 𝐷 shown in the diagram. Which of the following directions can the yellow particle move in as the wave travels to the right?

  • A Direction 𝐴 and Direction 𝐵
  • B Direction 𝐵
  • C Direction 𝐴 , Direction 𝐵 , and Direction 𝐶
  • D Direction 𝐴 and Direction 𝐶
  • E Direction 𝐵 and Direction 𝐷

Q2:

A transverse wave is shown in the diagram. What is the amplitude of the wave?

Q3:

A transverse wave is shown in the diagram. What is the period of the wave?

Q4:

A transverse wave is shown in the diagram. What is the wavelength of the wave?

Q5:

A longitudinal wave consists of individual particles that might possibly move in the directions 𝐴 , 𝐵 , 𝐶 , and 𝐷 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?

  • A Direction 𝐴 and Direction 𝐶
  • B Direction 𝐴 and Direction 𝐵
  • C Direction 𝐷
  • D Direction 𝐵 and Direction 𝐷
  • E Direction 𝐵

Q6:

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?

  • A5
  • B2
  • C9
  • D1

Q7:

A transverse wave is shown in the diagram. What is the amplitude of the wave?

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