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Transverse waves

  1. Mar 5, 2010 #1
    Why transverse waves cannot travel through liquids ?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 6, 2010 #2
    A fluid (liquid or gas) is a substance that cannot support shear. So only pressure waves, which are longitudinal can traverse through a fluid.

    However transverse surface waves can exist as you can witness at any shoreline.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2010 #3
    What is the relation between transverse waves and shear?
     
  5. Mar 6, 2010 #4
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