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Publish On: 2018-12-11

Lewis anna

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Question: Describe water waves

Reply On: 2014-01-24

lala singh

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ANS: Describe water waves

In a liquid the motion of the particles may be neither purely transverse nor purely longitudinal but a combination of the two. In the latter case the path following by the particles is either a circle or an ellipse. In are shown the paths of several selected particles, their positions, and the wave shape. That a cork floating on water traces a circular path as water wave passes it. The general rule for determining the shape, circular or elliptical of the path the particles follow in a water wave is that the particles move in circular path if we wavelength is as small or small than the depth of the water. As the water becomes deeper, the path becomes elliptical and at the lower levels of deep water, the wave motion is entirely longitudinal.

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