Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 19 - Think and Explain - Page 371-372: 86


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Sample: A transverse wave is moving due east inside a medium. Which of the following is possible? a. a particle in the medium oscillates east and west b. a particle in the medium oscillates north and south c. Both A and B are possible d. Neither A nor B is possible The answer is B. In a transverse wave, the oscillations are perpendicular to the direction in which the wave travels. This is discussed on pages 361-362, and shown in Figures 19.5 and 19.6.
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