Transverse wave

A transverse wave oscillates (vibrates) from side to side at a right angle to the direction of propagation.

  • A transverse wave is a type of mechanical wave in which the particles of the medium oscillate (vibrate) perpendicular to the direction of wave propagation.
  • Transverse waves can be observed in various phenomena, such as light waves, electromagnetic waves, and certain types of seismic waves.
  • Transverse waves exhibit specific properties, including wavelength, frequency, amplitude, and wave speed.
  • The motion of a transverse wave can be represented graphically using a sine wave or cosine wave, illustrating the peaks and troughs of the wave.
  • Transverse waves can be polarized, meaning the oscillations are confined to a particular plane or direction, which has important implications in optics and other fields.