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I'm confused about the x-axis of the sine function for mechanical waves. Does it indicate time like a displacement vs time graph would or does the graph show the positions of different particles in the media at 1 specific time only?
 
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Your first interpretation is true for all waves. The second is true for transverse wave if I understand what u mean