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This item is an interactive tutorial for high school physics/physical science on wave categories.  It gives detailed explanations of three major types of mechanical waves: transverse, longitudinal, and surface waves. Also included is a brief discussion of electromagnetic waves.  Two animations accompany the text, plus a self-paced question-and-answer sequence at the end.  

This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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© 1996 Tom Henderson
Keywords:
longitudinal waves, problem set, surface waves, transverse waves, tutorial, wave energy, wave types
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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/u10l1c.cfm).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Categories of Waves, (1996), <https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/u10l1c.cfm>.
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Henderson, T. (2008, December 12). The Physics Classroom: Categories of Waves. Retrieved March 4, 2021, from https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/u10l1c.cfm
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Categories of Waves. December 12, 2008. https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/u10l1c.cfm (accessed 4 March 2021).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Categories of Waves. 1996. 12 Dec. 2008. 4 Mar. 2021 <https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/waves/u10l1c.cfm>.
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@misc{ Author = "Tom Henderson", Title = {The Physics Classroom: Categories of Waves}, Volume = {2021}, Number = {4 March 2021}, Month = {December 12, 2008}, Year = {1996} }
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