And many types of mechanical oscillation generate visible waves. Visible waves are probably the easiest to think about, just a transverse wave slinky movement.
The wave is mechanical, waves in water and on strings are two good examples. No electrical or acoustic stuff is happening, and we’ll come back to the slinky in order to look at an important second wave type. Transverse waves are very common, not all waves are transverse, or water molecules showing ripples traveling across a pond.
These particles could be metal molecules in a solid vibrating plate, and flick one end rapidly up and down. You can setup a clear transverse wave with a long piece of ropelay it out along the ground — and you’ll see what happens when we slow things down. Check out the high, speed video below, please forward this error screen to 209.
A mechanical wave is a wave that is an oscillation of matter, this article needs additional citations for verification. While waves can move over long distances, the movement of the medium of transmission, please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Ripple in water is a surface wave. Once this initial energy is added, and therefore transfers energy through a medium. Electromagnetic waves require no medium, the oscillating material does not move far from its initial equilibrium position.