Distinguish, differentiate, compare and explain what is the main difference between Stationary Wave and Progressive Wave.

Difference between Stationary Wave and Progressive Wave

1. In stationary waves, waveform does not move but has nodes at fixed places, energy is not carried away. In progressive or traveling waves, waveform moves through the medium, carrying energy, but not the medium, with it.

2. In stationary waves, the amplitude varies from zero at a node to a maximum at an antinode. In traveling waves, the amplitude is the same for all particles along the wave.

3. In stationary waves, all the particles between two adjacent nodes are in phase. In traveling waves, over one wavelength all particles have different phases.

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