Compare, distinguish and explain what is the difference between transverse and longitudinal waves.

Difference between transverse and longitudinal waves

1. In the transverse wave, particles in the medium vibrate in directions perpendicular to the directions of travel of the wave. In the longitudinal wave, particles in the medium vibrate in directions parallel to the directions of travel of the wave.

2. Crest and trough are formed in the medium in the transverse wave. Compression and rarefaction occur in the medium in the longitudinal wave.

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