# Are light waves longitudinal waves?

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### 👋 Are light waves longitudinal?

they could be both, but ask ur science teacher just in case.

### 👋 Are light waves longitudinal or tranverse?

light waves are transverse waves in which both electric and magnetic fields are mutually perpendicular to each other and perpendicular to the direction of wave propagation

### 👋 Are light waves transverse or longitudinal?

They are tranverse.

No, light waves are not longitudinal waves. Light is an example of a transverse wave, like a wave moving across the surface of water. Sound or seismic waves are examples of longitudinal waves.

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Are infrared waves longitudinal?

No. Infrared is a type of electromagnetic waves, and therefore, a transverse wave.

What waves are longitudinal?
• sound waves.
• ultrasound waves.
• seismic P-waves.
Are sound waves transverse waves or longitudinal waves?

Generally, sound is classically defined as longitudinal waves in a medium.However, sound can also behave as a transverse wave in solids

Are electromagnetic waves classified as longitudinal waves?

No. Electromagnetic waves are classified as transverse waves because the electric and magnetic fields are perpendicular to the direction of propagation.

Are electromagnetic waves transverse or longitudinal waves?

Electromagnetic waves are transverse waves. That means the electric and magnetic fields change (oscillate) in a plane that is perpendicular to the direction of propagation of the wave. Also note that electric and magnetic fields in an EM wave are also perpendicular to each other.

Are seismic waves longitudinal or transverse waves?
• Longitudinal waves can travel through solids, liquids and gasses (although seismic waves are of to low a frequency to normally be heard). Secondary seismic waves are transverse waves and only travel through solids. Are em waves transverse or longitudinal?
Are sound waves longitudinal or transverse waves?
• So, it is a transverse wave In bottom wave, particles move parallel to direction of wave. So, it is a longitudinal wave Are sound waves Longitudinal or Transverse ? When an object vibrates, it forces the particles of medium around it to also vibrate (move to and fro)
Are transverse waves faster than longitudinal waves?
• A longitudinal wave always travels faster than a transverse wave. A longitudinal wave does not need a medium to travel through. A transverse wave is made of particles that move perpendicular to the motion of the wave. A transverse wave always carries more energy so that it can travel through empty space.
Are transverse waves slower than longitudinal waves?

Longitudinal waves have a direct, relatively short, back and forth movement. Transverse waves have a roughly circular movement, there is up and down travel as well as back and forth travel. The longer path of the individual particles (generally) makes the transverse wave slower.

Are water waves transverse or longitudinal waves?

Water waves are a special example of a combination of transverse and longitudinal oscillation. The individual particles in a water wave move with a circular motion, therefore they have both a vertical and horizontal component to their movement through the wave i.e up and down (Transverse) and side to side (Longitudinal) components.

Do ocean waves travel in longitudinal waves?

No, they are transverse a water particle moves perpendicular to the motion of the wave (water particles move up and down where are the wave moves left or right)

Electromagnetic waves are classified as longitudinal waves?

No. Sound waves are longitudinal. This means that the motion of the wave is back and forth in the same direction in which the wave is moving. With electromagnetic waves, electric force fields and magnetic force fields form mutually perpendicular sine waves, both perpendicular to the direction in which the wave propagates. Hence electromagnetic waves are transverse waves, not longitudinal.

Sound waves are examples of longitudinal waves?

Yes! The wave vibration is in the direction the wave is moving, i.e. Longitudinal.

What are longitudinal waves and transverse waves?
• There are various types of waves and two of those would be longitudinal and transverse waves. In a longitudinal wave, the medium or the channel moves in the same direction with respect to the wave. Here, the movement of the particles is from left to right and force other particles to vibrate.
Why are longitudinal waves called pressure waves?
• Propagation of longitudinal waves through a medium involves changes in pressure and volume of air, when compression and rarefaction are formed. The longitudinal waves are called pressure waves because propagation of longitudinal waves through a medium involves changes in pressure and volume of air, when compression and rarefaction are formed.
Why are sound waves called longitudinal waves?

That means that the vibrations are in the same direction in which the sound wave advances.

Why is sound waves are longitudinal waves?

This is because the direction of wave propagation is parallel to the direction of the oscillation of the particles causing the wave to propagate.

Do electromagnetic waves have longitudinal?

Although both wave types are sinusoidal, transverse waves oscillate perpendicular to the direction of propagation, while longitudinal waves oscillate parallel to the direction of propagation… All electromagnetic waves (light waves, microwaves, X-rays, radio waves) are transverse. All sound waves are longitudinal.

How do longitudinal waves travel?

Sound waves are longitudinal waves . They cause particles to vibrate parallel to the direction of wave travel. The vibrations can travel through solids, liquids or gases. The speed of sound depends on the medium through which it is travelling.

How does longitudinal waves travel?

Longitudinal waves are waves that have the same direction of vibration along their direction of travel, which means that the vibration of the medium (particle) is in the same direction or opposite direction as the motion of the wave. Mechanical longitudinal waves have been also referred to as compressional waves or compression waves

Transverse and longitudinal waves both?

Quaternion waves, e.g. earthquake wave, P and S waves..

Transverse and longitudinal waves difference?

In a longitudinal wave, the motion of the medium is parallel to the direction of the wave. With a transverse wave the motion of the medium is a right angles to the wave's direction.