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Longitudinal and Transverse Wave Motion
These animations show students the nature of particle motion in longitudinal and transverse waves, and how they combine to form the more complex motions seen in water waves and Rayleigh surface waves, a type seen in earthquakes. The animations are accompanied by written explanations.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999, Daniel A. Russell.
DLESE Catalog ID: EARTHQUAKE-000-000-010-200
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dan Russell
Kettering University