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What do you understand by the term longitudinal wave? Give two examples.


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Longitudinal Wave:

  1. Longitudinal waves are the waves where the displacement of the medium is in the same direction as the direction of the travel of the wave.
  2. A compression in a longitudinal wave is a region where the particles are the closest together while rarefaction in a longitudinal wave is a region where the particles are spread out.

Two examples of sound waves are:

  1. Pressure waves
  2. Sound waves.

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