Transverse and Longitudinal Waves Knowledge Questions for AQA GCSE Physics and Combined Science

  1. State the two types of waves. One starts with L and the other T. 
  2. What type of waves are ripples on water? 
  3. Sketch a longitudinal wave showing areas of compression and rarefaction. 
  4. What type of waves are sound waves travelling through air? 
  5. What is the difference between a longitudinal wave and a transverse wave? 
  6. Can you write down the definition of a wave?
  7. Does the matter the wave travels through travel with the wave? Does it become windy near your ear when you listen to a sound wave? 

You can find the answer to these questions on page 59 of the specification.


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