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Can electromagnetic waves travel without a medium?

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2010-03-02 02:27:54
2010-03-02 02:27:54

They do not need a medium.

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mechanical waves need a medium to travel through, electromagnetic waves do not. Electromagnetic waves can travel through space, mechanical waves can not.:PElectromagnetic waves do not require a medium, but mechanical waves do.


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No. They are two different types of waves. Mechanical waves require a medium, such as air, to travel through. Electromagnetic waves do not need a medium to travel through.


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Waves cannot travel without a medium. These waves must travel though some sort of medium in order to be heard.


No, they are Electromagnetic waves and can travel through a vacuum. They do not need a medium.


light waves or electromagnetic waves are transverse and sound waves are longitudinalElectromagnetic waves can be both transverse and longitudinal waves. Transverse waves are like ocean waves. They move the medium perpendicular to the medium which is the substance the wave is traveling on. Longitudinal waves are like a slinky. They compress and rarefact (The coils get close and move away). Longitudinal waves move the medium parallel to the energy.Electromagnetic waves don't need a medium to travel. They can travel on the medium but they don't need a medium to travel through.Mechanical waves need a medium to travel. They can't travel without one.That is why in starwars when the deathstar blows up and your whole room shakes when it does isn't possible because in space there isn't any air! Sound is a mechanical wave, since there isn't any medium there can't be any sound. If you yell in space nothing would happen because there isn't a medium for the sound waves to travel on. You can see light in space because light is an example of an electromagnetic wave which doesn't need a medium to travel.Cranberryhead. :)


Electromagnetic waves do not need a medium in which to travel. They move "best" through a perfect vacuum.


Electromagnetic waves can travel through space or a medium while mechanical waves need matter to transfer energy.Apex- They don't require a medium to travel through.


Mechanical waves require a medium to travel, where electromagnetic waves do not.


Electromagnetic waves, as well as gravitational waves.



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