3B10.10-Transverse Pulses and Waves (Long Rope)

3b1010transverse_pulses_and_waves (rope)

Video: Watch this demo

Instructor’s video – 1

Instructor’s video – 2

Description: This demonstration visually shows a transverse pulse or transverse waves.


  1. Connect the rope to either side of the classroom at the available anchors
  2. Pluck the string at one end to show a single impulse travel
  3. Move one end up and down to show waves travel on the rope

Note: The pulses in the spring may propagate too quick for students to see. The string is recommended.