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Why are the waves called transverse wave?

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Because Transverse waves move perpendicular (or right angled) to the point of the energy transfer. There are Two types of waves longitudinal waves or Transverse waves. You when you drop a rock in a pond it ripples outwards thats a good exaple of a Transverse waves. but i really dont know who came up with thw name Transverse for that type of wave.

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Look at http://nanobioart.com/nanolab/files/2010/06/longitudinal-and-transverse-waves.jpg

Transverse wave is like a wave in the ocean. The height of the waves are transverse (aka perpendicular) to the direction that the wave is travelling.

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