The differences between progressive waves and stationary waves are as listed below:
|Progressive waves||Stationary waves|
|The disturbance travels forward.|
The disturbances are confined to a particular region.
|The amplitude of vibration of each particle is same.||The amplitude is zero at nodes and goes on increasing to become maximum at antinodes.|
|Energy is transferred forward along the waves.||No transfer of energy is in the medium.|
|No particles in the medium are at rest.|
Particles at the nodes are permanently at rest.