Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples


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The waves you can make with a jump rope would be which type of waves?

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1. In which type of wave do the particles in the medium move parallel to the wave direction?

2. What would the distance between two compressions of a longitudinal wave represent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help you gauge your understanding of both longitudinal and transverse waves and characteristics they possess.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Wave characteristics
  • What the distance between two compressions of a longitudinal wave is called
  • The earth's outer core

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can help you practice these skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the earth's outer core
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about longitudinal waves
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the distance between 2 compressions in a longitudinal waves and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the different types of waves, review the corresponding lesson called Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples This lesson will help you:

  • Identify characteristics of transverse waves
  • Examine the properties of longitudinal waves
  • Compare and contrast compression and rarefaction
  • Determine what a seismic wave is