Types of waves

Physics SSS2 Third Term

Sub Theme: Waves Motion without Material Transfer


Types of waves

Performance Objectives

Students should be able to;

  1. Classify waves into longitudinal and transverse waves by using mode of vibrations
  2. Write down and explain the terms in the wave equation.

Types of Waves


Waves can be classified under transverse waves and longitudinal waves. If the direction of propagation of the particles of the wave is perpendicular to the direction of vibration of the medium, the wave is transverse. Examples of transverse waves are, water waves and waves produced by plucking a string. If we consider material medium, waves can be classified under mechanical waves and electromagnetic waves. Mechanical waves require a material medium.... View More

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