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Vibration Vs Oscillation Vs Wave: What's the difference?

  1. Jun 30, 2015 #1
    Hi all,
    I am confused about the terms: Vibration, oscillation and waves. Is vibration and oscillation same or are they different?
    My understanding is vibration is associated with flexible/deformable bodies and oscillation for rigid bodies. Waves not really having an idea!
    Any examples of difference which can be observed?
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  3. Jun 30, 2015 #2


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    Have you looked up "wave", "oscillation", or "vibration" in the dictionary?

    It's best to start by understanding what each term means using an accepted reference, rather than blindly speculating.
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