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Longitudinal and Transverse Waves

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Introduction

Sound is an important concept in science. Understanding how sound travels, why some sounds are louder than others, how different kinds of instruments produce sounds, and learning why it is important to protect our ears are just a few of the reasons why studying this topic is important. Use the questions on this sheet to help you understand more about sound waves.


Introduction to Acoustics Instruments
How does sound, such as music, get to your ears so you can hear it? Write and draw your response.

 

 

 

Introduction to Wave Models
What is a sound wave?

 

 

The video showed one model of how sound travels. Can you describe that model?

 

 

What is a longitudinal wave? Draw a picture of this wave and describe it in words.

 

 

What is a transverse wave? Draw a picture of this wave and describe it in words.

 

 

In the 19th century, scientists depicted sound waves as transverse waves. How were they able to do that? What parts of the waves are related?

 

 

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