Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 19 - Think and Explain: 59

Answer

a. Assume the Slinky is stretched horizontally in an east-west direction. To produce a transverse wave, shake the end in a north-south direction, perpendicular to the spring itself. You could also shake the end in an up-down fashion, again perpendicular to the spring itself. b. To produce a longitudinal wave, shake the end east-west, in a direction parallel to its length. This creates a series of compressions and rarefactions.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on pages 361-362, and shown in Figure 19.6.
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