Transverse Vs Longitudinal Waves


Transverse waves

  • In a transverse wave, the displacement is at right angles to the direction of propagation of the wave, for example, water ripples.
  • Earthquakes have a transverse shaking wave.

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Longitudinal wave

  • When displacement occurs in the same direction that the wave travel, for example, sound wave, is a longitudinal wave
  • The displacement of particles along the direction in which the wave is propagating, lead to a series of compressions and rarefactions. 
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