If the end of a stretched rope is shaken up and down, as shown in Fig. 2. 1, a train of transverse waves will travel down the rope. As the wave progresses, all segments of the rope will be set into vibration in a vertical plane. Similarly, moving the end of the rope side to side, or, for that matter, in any single direction, will produce transverse waves that are plane polarized.
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