Longitudinal waves are waves in which the displacement of the medium is in the same direction as, or the opposite direction to, the direction of propagation of the wave. Mechanical longitudinal waves are also called compressional or compression waves , because they produce compression and rarefaction when traveling . This lesson will define longitudinal (or compression ) waves , discuss the names for various features and parts of a longitudinal wave, and go. English dictionary definition of compression wave.
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Dictionary and Word of the Day. Sound waves in air provide a good example. A wave propagated by means of the compression of a flui such as a sound wave in air. How does a compression wave travel along a slinky? Sound comes from a series of vibrations, and all the sounds you heard in the experiment occurred because of vibrations and energy.
When a source, or something that produces soun vibrates, it transfers its energy to the surrounding particles causing them to . When an expansion wave propagated along a constant area straight tube reaches at the open en the negative impulsive wave and the compression wave are formed by the emission and reflection of expansion wave. (more…)