Java Physics


 L wave

Longitudinal Traveling Wave 2



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Longitudinal Traveling Wave 1 (Applet)

Longitudinal Traveling Wave with graph of pressure variation (Applet)

Transverse Traveling Wave (Applet)

Types of waves (traveling vs stationary; transverse vs longitudinal) (Applet)

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Longitudinal Traveling Wave:

  1. The arrows in the above diagram are the displacements, not the velocities.
  2. All particles inside a compression are moving in the same direction of the propagation of the wave. At the same time, all particles inside a rarefaction are moving in the opposite direction.
  3. At the central part of a compression or a rarefaction, the displacement is zero and the speed is the greatest.
  4. But in a longitudinal stationary wave, the centers of compressions and rarefactions are NODES. Their displacements are zero and always at rest.




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