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Like transverse waves, longitudinal waves are mechanical waves, meaning they transfer energy through a medium. How else do longitudinal waves compare to transverse waves? What usually transmit longitudinal waves?

Longitudinal waves are a series of compressions and rarefactions, or expansions.

Parts of a longitudinal wave

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The amplitude is the difference in media density between the undisturbed density to the highest density in a compression. How do you measure the wavelength of a longitudinal wave?

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