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(a) Distinguish between longitudinal and transverse waves.

(b) Are sound waves longitudinal or transverse ?


Solution

(a) Longitudinal Waves: Displacement of the medium is parallel to the direction of propagation of the wave.
Transverse Waves: Displacement of the medium is perpendicular to the direction of propagation of the wave.

(b) Sound waves are longitudinal waves.


Physics
Science for Ninth Class - Part I - Physics
Standard IX

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