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Transverse and Longitudinal Waves: What's the Difference?
Transcript of Transverse and Longitudinal Waves: What's the Difference?
What's the Difference?
A wave is a periodic disturbance in a solid, liquid, or gas as energy is transmitted through a medium.
There are two types of waves: Transverse waves and Longitudinal waves.
In this Prezi, I will explain both of them and how they are different from each other.
First off: What's a wave?
A longitudinal wave is one in which the particles of the medium vibrate parallel to the direction of wave motion.
A longitudinal wave has compressions and rarefactions.
Compressions are when the wave is compressed and rarefactions are when the wave is spread apart.
Here let me explain...
A transverse wave is a wave in which the particles of the medium move perpendicularly to the direction the wave is traveling.
A transverse wave also has two main parts: crests and troughs. The crests are the highest point of the wave. The troughs are the lowest parts of the wave.
Here, let me explain:
Here are some examples of transverse waves...
...and the particles move perpendicularly to the direction of the wave.
A transverse wave has crests and troughs,...
Thanks For Watching!
As you can see, there are many differences and similarities between transverse waves and longitudinal waves.
Particles move perpendicularly to the wave's motion
Particles move in the same direction as the wave.
Both are waves
Both are a part of our everyday lives.
and so are the particles
Some Seismic Waves (Earthquakes waves)