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This interactive tutorial discusses sound waves as longitudinal, in which the disturbance moves in the same direction as the propagation of the wave. Longitudinal waves are characterized by compressions and rarefactions within the wave medium, as particles of the medium move in a direction parallel to the direction of energy transport. The tutorial includes a link to a related simulation.

This resource is the second of three related tutorials for introductory physics on the nature of sound waves. It is part of The Physics Classroom website.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Wave Properties (PS4.A)
  • A simple wave has a repeating pattern with a specific wavelength, frequency, and amplitude. (6-8)
  • A sound wave needs a medium through which it is transmitted. (6-8)

Crosscutting Concepts (K-12)

Structure and Function (K-12)
  • The functions and properties of natural and designed objects and systems can be inferred from their overall structure, the way their components are shaped and used, and the molecular substructures of its various materials. (9-12)
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T. Henderson, (2001), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-as-a-Longitudinal-Wave).
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T. Henderson, Physics Classroom: Sound as a Longitudinal Wave, (2001), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-as-a-Longitudinal-Wave>.
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Henderson, T. (2018, January 15). Physics Classroom: Sound as a Longitudinal Wave. Retrieved August 19, 2018, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-as-a-Longitudinal-Wave
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Henderson, Tom. Physics Classroom: Sound as a Longitudinal Wave. January 15, 2018. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-as-a-Longitudinal-Wave (accessed 19 August 2018).
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Henderson, Tom. Physics Classroom: Sound as a Longitudinal Wave. 2001. 15 Jan. 2018. 19 Aug. 2018 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/sound/Lesson-1/Sound-as-a-Longitudinal-Wave>.
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