3B10.20 Slinky on the Table

Concepts

Transverse waves, longitudinal waves

Overview

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.

Details

Equipment

  • [1] Slinky

Script

  1. Ask for a volunteer to help hold the other end of the slinky.
  2. Stretch the slinky over a table.
  3. Shake the slinky from side-to-side to make transverse waves.
  4. Push the slinky forwards and backwards to make longitudinal waves.

 

Additional Resources

References

  • PIRA 3B10.20

Disclaimer

  • Don't attempt this at home!

Last revised

  • 2019

Technicals

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