3B10.20 Slinky on the Table
Transverse waves, longitudinal waves
The slinky can be shaken to produce longitudinal and transverse waves.
Examples of longitudinal waves include sound waves and earthquake p-waves.
Examples of transverse waves include EM waves, water waves, and earthquake s-waves.
-  Slinky
- Ask for a volunteer to help hold the other end of the slinky.
- Stretch the slinky over a table.
- Shake the slinky from side-to-side to make transverse waves.
- Push the slinky forwards and backwards to make longitudinal waves.
- PIRA 3B10.20
- Don't attempt this at home!
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