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State any five differences between longitudinal ad transverse waves

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Sat March 03, 2012
In a longitudinal wave, the motion of the medium is parallel to the direction of the wave . This means that the particles move left and right which in turn makes the other particles start to oscillate. Sound waves are longitudinal waves.
Another example of a longitudinal wave is a P wave or primary wave during an earthquake. P waves are also known as compressional waves, because of the pushing and pulling they do. 

A transverse wave is a wave in which the motion of the medium is a right angles to the direction of the wave.
A wave on a rope is a transverse wave. Light and other electromagnetic waves are also transverse waves.
Another type of transverse wave is the S wave or secondary wave, which is the second wave we feel in an earthquake.
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