1. Why do Transverse waves travel back and forth (up and down), What is the explanation for the wave shapes?

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3. Originally Posted by Dr.Chen
Why do Transverse waves travel back and forth (up and down), What is the explanation for the wave shapes?
1, Because that is what transverse means.

2. Elasticity and inertia.

4. Originally Posted by DrRocket
1. Because that is what transverse means.

2. Elasticity and inertia.
^ This.

5. Originally Posted by Dr.Chen
Why do Transverse waves travel back and forth (up and down), What is the explanation for the wave shapes?
Welcome to The Science Forum! :-D

Information on your specific question can be found here:

Chris

6. Originally Posted by CSMYTH3025
Originally Posted by Dr.Chen
Why do Transverse waves travel back and forth (up and down), What is the explanation for the wave shapes?
Welcome to The Science Forum! :-D

Information on your specific question can be found here:

Chris

7. Originally Posted by Waveman28
Originally Posted by DrRocket
1. Because that is what transverse means.

2. Elasticity and inertia.
^ This.
Proving that you are too damn stupid to recognize a simple, valid answer when it is presented to you.

8. PDF of free physics text with a decent explanation of waves; http://www.physics.nmt.edu/~raymond/books/radbook1.pdf.
Book 2 if you want it; http://www.physics.nmt.edu/~raymond/books/radbook2.pdf.

9. Originally Posted by DrRocket
Originally Posted by Waveman28
Originally Posted by DrRocket
1. Because that is what transverse means.

2. Elasticity and inertia.
^ This.
Proving that you are too damn stupid to recognize a simple, valid answer when it is presented to you.
Who is this directed at?

10. Originally Posted by DrRocket
Originally Posted by CSMYTH3025
Originally Posted by Dr.Chen
Why do Transverse waves travel back and forth (up and down), What is the explanation for the wave shapes?
Welcome to The Science Forum! :-D

Information on your specific question can be found here:

Chris
You're absolutely right. I should have directed the OP to the Wikipedia article on transverse waves, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transverse_waves , rather than linking to the article on electromagnetic radiation.

As you correctly point out, the transverse wave characterization of electromagnetic waves as described in that article is just one example of transverse waves.

Chris

11. how do you know that, what wave shapes look like, in real time?

12. Originally Posted by Dkav
how do you know that, what wave shapes look like, in real time?
I'm just an amateur in these matters. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable than me can anser this question for you.

Chris

13. Originally Posted by CSMYTH3025
Originally Posted by Dkav
how do you know that, what wave shapes look like, in real time?
I'm just an amateur in these matters. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable than me can anser this question for you.

Chris
This is a forum, not a scientific conference at the Max Planck Institute. Say what you think and people will correct you. We have grad students and PhD's here to correct you or tell you how stupid you are lol.

14. Originally Posted by Dkav
how do you know that, what wave shapes look like, in real time?
Transverse elastic waves are usually visible. So to see the shape, you look. A stroboscopic light can help.

Electrical transients can be seen on an oscilloscope.

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