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Homework Help: Physics problem help

  1. May 29, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Both longitudinal and transverse waves can propagate through a solid. A wave on the surface of a liquid can involve both longitudinal and transverse motion of elements of the medium. On the other hand, a wave propagating through the volume of a fluid must be purely longitudinal, not transverse. Why?


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  3. May 29, 2009 #2

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    What do you think might be different between the two cases, to prompt the question in the first place?
     
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