Longitudinal and Transverse Waves

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Longitudinal waves (like sound) move in the direction of propagation, while transverse waves (like light) move perpendicular to this direction. The graphics show a collection of random points under each type of wave motion. The red points move around their equilibrium positions.

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (March 2011)
Based on a program by: Mats G. Bengtsson and Daniel A. Russell
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



For more details see: Longitudinal and Transverse Wave Motion.

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