What are transverse and longitudinal waves?

Author: Tanmay Chakrabarty

First Published On: Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:21 AM
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Transverse waves:  

In transverse wave motion, the particles of the medium vibrate at right angles to the direction of propagation of wave. Example: Light waves are transverse waves.
           

Longitudinal wave motion: 

In longitudinal wave motion, particles of the medium vibrate along the direction of propagation of the wave. Example: Sound waves are longitudinal waves.

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