What Is Difference Between Transverse And Longitudinal Waves?

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The difference between transverse wave and longitudinal wave is;
Transverse waves are those in which the particles of the medium  vibrate in a direction  perpendicular  to the direction of wave motion
Longitudinal waves are the waves in which the particles of the medium vibrate along the direction of wave motion
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>In transverse waves, the particles of a medium in a transverse wave vibrate at their mean position in the direction perpendicular to the direction of motion where as in Longitudinal waves the particles of a medium vibrate at their mean position in direction of propagation of waves.
>A transverse wave travel in the form of crest and trough. A crest and a trough together form a wave where as a longitudinal waves travel in the form of compressions and rarefactions.
>In transverse wave, at the crest the displacement of the particles of a medium is positive and maximum and at trough the displacement of the particles is negative and maximum where as in longitudinal waves, at compressions the velocity of particle of medium is positive and maximum and at rarefaction the velocity of particle of a medium is negative and maximum.
>Transverse waves can only be produced in the solids and on the surface of the liquids .they cannot be produced in the liquids and in the gases where as longitudinal waves can be produced in all the three states of matter .
>In transvere waves there is no variation in the pressure and density in the medium due to propagation of waves where as in longitudinal waves , the density and pressure becomes maximum at the position of compression and becomes min at the position of rarefaction dye to propagation of these waves.
>tansverse waves:- ripples formation & light travelling .Longitudinal waves:- travelling of sound through air (bcs while travelling in solids it can be transverse wave also.
  -SIMRANJEEV SINGH DHILLON
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Also, longitudinal waves need a medium to travel through like air. But transverse waves can travel without any medium. I.e. They can travel in a 'vacuum'!
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Waves can be classified into two types: transverse and longitudinal.

Waves that travel in the direction perpendicular to the direction of vibration are called transverse waves. Examples of transverse waves include, rope waves, water waves and radio waves.

To simulate the motion of a transverse wave, stretch a slinky out on a smooth floor. With one end fixed, move the other end repeatedly in a left and right direction. Humps (called the crests and troughs) will be seen moving in the direction of the fixed end.

It should be noted that for transverse waves the motion of the particles (in this case the particles in the stretched slinky) are displaced at right angles to the direction of the wave motion.

Waves that travel in the direction parallel to the direction of vibration are called longitudinal waves. Sound waves are a good example of longitudinal waves.

To simulate the motion of a longitudinal wave, stretch a slinky on a smooth floor. With one end fixed, move the slinky in a to and fro motion. Compressions and expansions (rarefactions) will be seen moving towards the fixed end.

In longitudinal waves the particles travel along the same line as the direction of the wave motion.
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Transverse waves are such waves in which the particles of the medium vibrate perpendicular to the direction of propagation of wave. These waves are consist of two parts i.e. Crest and trough. For example a spring from one side is tied with wall and move up and down from the other side.  Where longitudinal waves are those waves in which the direction of vibratory motion of the particles of the medium is parallel to the direction of propagation of the wave are called compressional or longitudinal waves for example sound waves.  www.kettering.edu
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The difference between transverse wave and longitudinal wave is;
 Transverse waves are those in which the particles of the medium  vibrate in a direction  perpendicular  to the direction of wave motion 
Longitudinal waves are the waves in which the particles of the medium vibrate along the direction of wave motion
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Waves that have direction of motion perpendicular to the direction of vibration or motion of particle are called transverse waves.These waves need no medium and consist of crest and troughs.Example:all electromagnet waves such as X-ray,infra-red are transverse waves.

Waves that have direction of motion parallel to the direction of vibration or oscillation are longitudinal waves.They need a medium and consist of compressions and rarefactions.Example:Sound Waves
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The difference between transverse wave and longitudinal wave is;
Transverse waves are those in which the particles of the medium vibrate in a direction perpendicular to the direction of wave motion
Longitudinal waves are the waves in which the particles of the medium vibrate along the direction of wave motion
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Transverse wave's particles travel perpendicular to the direction of propagation of the waves whereas longitudinal wave's travel in the direction of propagation of wave.
Examples of longitudinal waves are sound waves and that of transverse are radio waves, light waves & water ripples.
Transverse waves can travel through vacuum proving that they necessarily don't need material medium but longitudinal waves need material medium like gas,solid and liquid.
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They are NOT same ... Because of their movement, medium, way of traveling and their properties.  One is sound and other is light :)

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There are two types of wave motions. They are longitudinal and transverse wave motions. Crests and trough formed in transverse wave.compression and rarefaction formed in longitudinal wave.example for longitudinal waves are sound waves.then electromagnetic waves,x-rays,etc are examples of transverse waves.
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The propagation of wave is along the direction of vibration of molecules in a medium is transverse wave and  the propagation of wave is parallel in direction of vibration is longitudinal wave.
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Transverse wave medium moves at right angle to the wave velocity while longitudinal wave medium moves at same or opposite direction of the wave velocity
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Waves that have vibration along the direction of there travel are known as transverse wave.These are also known as compressional waves. For example, sound waves. Waves that have vibration perpendicular to the travel example is seismic wave and the waves in water. The difference is of the vibration of particle with respect to the direction of the wave.
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The difference between the two is quite premonitory because if you add the two diameters then multiply that number by 3.14 you will get my home telephone number you .

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