# What type of wave is produced by a coil spring?

## What type of wave is produced by a coil spring?

If you stretch out a spring toy and push and pull one end, you can produce a longitudinal wave. Longitudinal waves (lawn juh too duh nul) move the medium parallel to the direction in which the waves travel. The coils in the spring move back and forth parallel to the wave motion.

## What are longitudinal and transverse waves?

Transverse waves cause the medium to move perpendicular to the direction of the wave. Longitudinal waves cause the medium to move parallel to the direction of the wave.

When a compression wave is made what happens when the wave reaches the end of the spring?

A coiled spring that is compressed at one end and then released experiences a wave of compression that travels its length, followed by a stretching; a point on any coil of the spring will move with the wave and return along the same path, passing through the neutral position and then reversing its motion again.

### What wave looks like a spring?

In a longitudinal wave, particles of the medium vibrate in a direction that is parallel to the direction that the wave travels. You can see this in the Figure below. The person’s hand pushes and pulls on one end of the spring. The energy of this disturbance passes through the coils of the spring to the other end.

### What is the highest part of a wave called?

the crest
The highest part of the wave is called the crest. The lowest part is called the trough. The wave height is the overall vertical change in height between the crest and the trough and distance between two successive crests (or troughs) is the length of the wave or wavelength.

What are 2 examples of transverse waves?

Surface ripples on water, seismic S (secondary) waves, and electromagnetic (e.g., radio and light) waves are examples of transverse waves.

#### What happens to the frequency of waves when you increase the rate of vibration?

What happens to the frequency of the waves when you increased the rate of vibration (how fast your hand moved back and forth). After increasing the rate of vibration, the frequency increased. As the wavelength increases the frequency decreases and the other way around. This is an inverse relationship.