GCSE Physics

Transverse Wavelength

Perhaps the simplest definition in waves is the wavelength. It doesn't take a genius to realise that this is the length of the wave :-)

The biggest mistake most people make is with drawing this on a picture of a transverse wave. Draw a complete wave length - from the same point on each wave ripple: wavelength of a transverse wave

Notice that the correctly drawn wavelength starts and finishes at parts of the wave that are doing the same thing.

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