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# What is the compression of a longitudinal wave called?

## What is the compression of a longitudinal wave called?

Mechanical longitudinal waves are also called compressional or compression waves, because they produce compression and rarefaction when traveling through a medium, and pressure waves, because they produce increases and decreases in pressure.

## What is compression and rarefaction in transverse waves?

A compression is a point on a medium through which a longitudinal wave is traveling that has the maximum density. A region where the coils are spread apart, thus maximizing the distance between coils, is known as a rarefaction. For a transverse wave, the wavelength is determined by measuring from crest to crest.

What are compressions and rarefactions in a sound wave?

The compressions are regions of high air pressure while the rarefactions are regions of low air pressure.

What does compression and rarefaction form?

Waves consist of compressions and rarefactions. This is the compression. When a vibrating object goes back in air as medium it creates a region of low pressure. This is the rarefaction.

### Which part of a longitudinal wave is like the longitudinal waves compression and rarefaction?

As seen in Figure 9.2, there are regions where the medium is compressed and other regions where the medium is spread out in a longitudinal wave. The region where the medium is compressed is known as a compression and the region where the medium is spread out is known as a rarefaction.

### What is the definition of compression and rarefaction?

Compression- a region in a longitudinal (sound) wave where the particles are closest together. • Rarefaction- a region in a longitudinal (sound) wave where the particles are furthest apart.

How do you describe compression and rarefaction?

A compression is a region in a longitudinal wave where the particles are closest together. A rarefaction is a region in a longitudinal wave where the particles are furthest apart. The region where the medium is compressed is known as a compression and the region where the medium is spread out is known as a rarefaction.

Which part of longitudinal wave is like the longitudinal waves compression and rarefaction?