# Is it possible to demonstrate longitudinal waves by using a slinky spring?

## Is it possible to demonstrate longitudinal waves by using a slinky spring?

You can produce both longitudinal and transverse wave pulses on a slinky spring, to contrast and compare them. In transverse waves the particles oscillate at right angles to the direction of travel of the wave.

### What type of waves are produced in a slinky?

Waves produced in slinky-Longitudinal and transverse waves.

#### How would you use a slinky to show that waves transfer both energy and information?

Longitudinal waves are often demonstrated by pushing and pulling a stretched slinky spring. In the diagram, the compressions move from left to right and energy is transferred from left to right.

How would you produce transverse and longitudinal waves in a slinky?

We can make a horizontal transverse wave by moving the slinky vertically up and down. In a longitudinal wave the particles are displaced parallel to the direction the wave travels. An example of longitudinal waves is compressions moving along a slinky.

How does the slinky move with respect to the wave pulse?

What is moving along the slinky? The up down motion moves along the slinky. This wave is a movement of motion! This wave is called a transverse wave because the motion of the slinky is sideways to the motion along the slinky.