1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Transverse waves can propagate through a solid

  1. May 29, 2009 #1
    Hey my friends please solve my problem
    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?
  2. jcsd
  3. May 29, 2009 #2
    Re: Physics

    Consider differences in structure between liquids and solids.
  4. May 29, 2009 #3
    Re: Physics

    Consider also that wave motion can be thought of as many coupled harmonic oscillators, that is, like lots of springs .... which restore each point to an equilibrium position. What are the restoring forces in each case you asked about?
  5. May 31, 2009 #4
    Re: Physics

    volume of fluid has only bulk modulus of elasticity not the modulus of rigidity,so the londitudinal waves can travel ,(transverse wave cannot propapagate without modulus of rigidity.)
    Last edited: May 31, 2009
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Threads - Transverse waves propagate Date
B A Question about transverse waves... Jun 19, 2017
B Frequency of Beat in Transverse Wave Oct 28, 2016
B Confusion with Waves May 1, 2016
Longitudinal and transverse wave propagation Aug 24, 2011
Sound waves propagated as transverse waves Mar 19, 2010