# Differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves

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by peddyanikkaru

2016-02-04T20:49:58+05:30
Transverse wave : A wave in which the particles of the medium oscillate up ad down,i.e.,perpendicular to the direction in which the wave is moving is called a transverse wave
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If the particles of the medium vibrate perpendicular to the direction of the propagation of the wave,then the wave is called a transverse wave
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When the particles of a medium oscillate at right angles to the direction of propagation of a wave,then the wave so produced is called a transverse wave.
Ex:
1.Waves on the surface of water
2.Waves along stretched rubber tube
3.Waves along a stretched string
4.Even the light waves and radio waves are transverse waves.
Longitudinal wave : A wave in which the particles of the medium oscillate to and fro in the same direction in which the wave is moving,is called a longitudinal wave
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A wave in which the particles of the medium vibrate to and fro parallel to the direction of wave is called a longitudinal wave .
Ex:
1.Sound waves in air
2.Waves in spiral spring
3.The waves produced in air when a sitar wire is plucked .