Shows reflection with inversion for transverse and reflection for longitudinal pulses.
Reflection of transverse and longitudinal waves, standing waves, motion of the medium in longitudinal and transverse waves, wave speed.
NCEA & Science Curriculum
Right-click and save as: Longitudinal Pulse (m4v)
Right-click and save as: Transverse Pulse (m4v)
A single sharp motion perpendicular to the spring axis will make a transverse pulse. Gathering together a few loops of the spring against one end and releasing makes a fairly sharp longitudinal pulse. Non-idealities such as mixing of transverse and longitudinal modes is apparent for larger amplitude waves.
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