1 Answers

Transverse waves can be distinguished from longitudinal waves using…

Posted by: 569 views
PHYSICS

Transverse waves can be distinguished from longitudinal waves using the characteristic of

A. diffraction

B. reflection.

C. polarization.

D. refraction.

QUICK ANSWER…

C

DETAILS…

Polarization is the constricting of waves so that they can vibrate in one plane.

Only transverse waves can be polarized, this is because the vibrations of transverse waves occur in all directions which are perpendicular to its direction of travel. Therefore, all these waves in different perpendicular directions will be confined to one plane.

But longitudinal waves cannot be plane polarized because the direction of its vibration is parallel to its direction of travel. Therefore, we cannot polarize and change the direction of vibration of a wave which is parallel to its travel… its either you allow the wave to travel its natural direction, or you kill it.

RELATED!  Determine the speed of the wave...

This is why polarization can be used to distinguish between transverse waves and longitudinal waves.

Now for the right answer to the above question:

  1. Option A is incorrect. both types of waves can be diffracted.
  2. Option B is incorrect. both types of waves can be reflected.
  3. C is correct. longitudinal waves cannot be polarized.
  4. D is not the correct answer. Both waves can undergo refraction.

KEY-POINTS…

You may please note these/this:

  • Transverse waves are simply generated by perpendicular vibrations.
  • While longitudinal waves are generated by parallel vibrations.

Use the questions and answers session to raise further questions and deal more on this topic…

You can also FREELY share this page with friends.

/ culled from 2017 JAMB-UTME physics question 14 /

1 Answers

  1. 0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

    […] PREV-QUESTION NEXT-QUESTION […]

    The Diagram Above Represents The Stress-strain For A Typical Metal Rod... » QuizTablet - Dec 14, 2021 | Reply


Answer Question