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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 respected Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
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- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
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longitudinal waves, problem set, surface waves, transverse waves, tutorial, wave energy, wave types
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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Types of Mechanical Waves

This tutorial, part of the respected Physics Classroom web site, explores the three major types of mechanical waves:  transverse, longitudinal, and surface.  Also included is a brief discussion of electromagnetic waves. The author uses simple language and animations to make points clear, and there is a self-guided set of questions at the end.

Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Types of Mechanical Waves

This interactive tutorial introduces students to three major types of mechanical waves:  transverse, longitudinal, and surface.  The text is easy for beginners to understand and is accompanied by animations of wave motion and a self-guided set of questions to assess understanding.

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