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Homework Help: Thinking Qns on Wave Motion

  1. Aug 28, 2006 #1
    Hi all,

    Considering the nature of a water wave, how is the coconut going to move inland, say it is in the middle of the ocean(pacific)? Am i correct to say that the coconut bobs straight up and down.

    Thx!

    Any help will be appreciated
     
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  3. Aug 28, 2006 #2

    mezarashi

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    While it is true that waves only move objects up and down, in the ocean there are currents and especially at a coast, there are strong winds blowing in shore. You would know this having been to a beach. This is enough to slowly wash almost everything ashore.
     
  4. Aug 29, 2006 #3
    Thx for the help
     
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