A transverse wave is one where the displacement of the medium in which the wave is travelling is perpendicular to its propagation. A pond ripple is an example of a transverse wave. More »

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Parts of a transverse wave include the crest, trough, amplitude and wavelength. The crest is the top of the wave, and the trough is the bottom. The amplitude refers to the height of the wave from the midpoint, or rest po... More »

The amplitude of a transverse wave is the measurement from the top point or lower point of the wave to the mid point. Amplitude is the amount of energy that the wave contains. More »

Mechanical waves transfer energy by inducing vibrations in the propagation medium. Electromagnetic waves do not require a medium for propagation, but still transfer energy by having an electric and magnetic field propaga... More »

The difference between transverse and longitudinal waves is the direction the medium of the wave moves in relation to the direction of wave propagation. In transverse waves, the medium is displaced perpendicular to the d... More »

Compressional waves are waves that move along the direction of propagation in a back and forth motion. Common examples of compressional waves include sound waves and P waves, which are types of seismic waves. More »

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The difference between longitudinal and transverse waves lies in their direction of particle displacement. Longitudinal waves are waves in which particle displacement is parallel to the movement of the wave, whereas tran... More »

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