what is a transverse wave? How does it propagate?

Asked by  | 14th May, 2008, 07:29: PM

Expert Answer:

If the particles of the medium vibrate perpendicular to the direction of propagation of the wave then the wave is called a transverse wave.

A transverse wave is a moving wave, a wave that propagates (travels) in a direction perpendicular to the direction in which the oscillations that produce the wave are moving. For example: if a transverse wave is moving in the positive x-direction, its up and down oscillations are in up and down directions that lie in the yz-plane.

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Answered by  | 21st May, 2008, 02:28: PM

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