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sound waves in water

A student asked me a question the other day that’s got me stumped:


Sound waves in air are longitudinal, and water waves have both transverse and longitudinal elements. But what about sound waves in water?



Sarah Hargus Ferguson, Ph.D., CCC-A

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Utah

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