Tom Walsh at oPhysics offers two useful pages on comparing transverse and longitudinal waves.

  • The first offers a simple animation that lets you adjust the amplitude and frequency of a wave, and shows in parallel a transverse wave and a longitudinal wave with those characteristics.


  •  The second is a multipage animated tutorial on wave types and characteristics.



  • Dan Russell at Penn State offers this page of animations, which illustrate details of particle motion in each type of wave, including those that are combinations of longitudinal and transverse forms.