A wave is the disturbance a particle carries. It might be due to clapping of hands or water waves. Basically wave motion can be of two types - either longitudinal or transverse. In the longitudinal wave the wave particles displace parallel to the direction of wave propagation but in transverse this happens in the perpendicular direction of the wave particles. Let see more about the longitudinal waves.
Longitudinal Wave DefinitionBack to Top
The sound is nothing but the disturbance the ear can sense. The sound gets transferred in the form of waves from a point to another what we call it as sound waves. The medium that propagates it might be solid, liquid or gases. It is a longitudinal wave as the particles vibrate back and forth that transfers the energy. Let's take the vibration of tuning fork as a simple example of sound waves.
Is Light a Longitudinal Wave?Back to Top
Types of Longitudinal WavesBack to Top
Examples of Longitudinal WavesBack to Top
- Speakers giving out sound waves
- Vibrations in tuning fork
- A boy playing a guitar
- Crowd clapping for a music show