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# Do all mechanical waves need a medium?

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yes they do have a medium

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Sound waves are mechanical waves and all mechanical waves require a material medium for its propagation unlike electromagnectic waves

No, only surface and mechanical waves need a medium, compressional waves can travel through space. (Such as light from the Sun).I think light (EM) waves are the only ones that can travel through a vacuum. Sound waves require a medium.

Three types of mechanical waves are transverse, longitudinal, &amp; surface waves. Mechanical waves require a material medium to travel.

There does not have to be a medium. Light does not require a medium. Mechanical waves require a mediumAnswer 2:Not all waves require a medium for their transmission. Mechanical waves require a medium for their transmission because it is the molecules of the medium which cause the wave to propagate. However, electromagnetic waves do NOT require a medium. (for example light)

There are two types of waves, mechanical and non-mechanical waves. A mechanical wave needs some sort of medium, like an earthquake to move the water.

No...electromagnetic waves require no medium

A mechanical wave(such as sound) must pass through a medium while an electromagnetic wave does not need one(such as light). Because seismic waves need a medium, they are mechanical waves. That is also the reason we hear earthquakes. When the vibrations from the focus of the earthquake spread in all directions, the sound vibrates from the earth to the air and then to our eardrums.

A mechanical wave requires a medium to transfer the energy it carries, unlike EMR waves. There are several types of mechanical waves, most of them being found in an earthquake. Mechanical waves are all longitudinal waves.

There are a few different formulas, depending on what measurements you know. For mechanical waves . . . the mechanical characteristics of the medium. For electromagnetic waves . . . the electrical characteristics of the medium. For all waves . . . the product of (wavelength) multiplied by (frequency).

All types of waves need a medium in order to propagate, with the exceptions of electromagnetic waves and gravitational waves.

Sound waves don't just travel the slowest in a vacuum, they don't travel at all. The reason is that sound waves, like all mechanical waves, need a medium to travel through.

Because sound is an mechanical wave and all the mechanical waves needs a medium to travel through. sound waves is produced by vibration of particles and it transfers sound to another part.

Some examples of mechanical waves are Sound, waves in a slinky, and water. Mechanical waves need matter to move. Some examples of electromagnetic waves are Radio, Gamma, X-rays, Infra-red, and Microwaves Electromagnetic waves are able to travel through a medium of liquids, solids, and geaseous states, or through space where there is no material at all, called "vacuum".

a.) They are all mechanical waves. b.) They all move objects great distances c.) They all require a medium d.) They all transfer energy.

Sound is a form of energy that travels "through" a mechanical medium. Light can be modelled as waves in certain circumstances. No mechanical medium is detectable, so either there is no medium, or the medium also propagates all matter the same way (Lorentz aether). The photoelectric effect shows that, just like sound is just motions of particles, so is light. electromagnetic

Sound is mechanical energy. It's a vibration or oscillation, and it is transmitted as a wave of pressure and displacement. Like all mechanical waves, sound requires a medium through which to travel, and the source transfers mechanical energy into the medium. Solids and fluids (liquids or gasses) serve as mediums for the transmission of sound waves.

Waves do not need a medium all time.it depends like u need no medium when it is electromagnetic wave.

light waves do not need a medium. Electromagnetic Waves (EM) do not need a medium. For example visible light, radio waves, microwaves, UV light and x-rays do not. These travel @ 300 million meters/sec in a vacuum.

An electromagnetic wave is capable of passing through a vacuum (space). All light waves are electromagnetic waves. Mechanical waves are not able to pass through space. They require a medium to pass their energy from one place to another. An example of a mechanical wave is a sound wave.

mechanical waves can be both transverse and longitudinal, but all electromagnetic waves are transverse.

Waves that require a medium in which to travel are called mechanical waves. A medium is the substance/matter/material the wave travels in. For example, sound is a mechanical wave. Sound can travel through the mediums of water or air or solid objects. All three of these are mediums through which sound can travel.Answer 2:A wave is a moving vibration through some material. That material is called the medium. Well known examples are the surface waves of water (water is the medium) and sound (air is the medium).

Electromagnetic waves can travel in a vacuum because this wave is a moving magnetic and electric field. These fields do not require a medium to travel in, and they "carry" the energy of the electromagnetic wave with them. This makes the electromagnetic wave different from mechanical waves like sound.With mechanical waves, we find the source putting the energy of the wave into the medium through which it is going to travel. Electromagnetic waves carry the electromagnetic energy away from the source without a need for a medium through which to travel. The moving fields carry the energy of the wave, and a vacuum presents no obstruction to the waves at all.

all wave are produced by a source but mechanical waves requires material medium to propagate it e.g is sound wave which is a mechanical wave needs material medium for it's propagation i.e material medium like air molecule,sound travels by vibration of air molecule that's why sound can't travel in a vacuum.....

light; all waves in the EM(electromagnetic) spectrum, including visible light, do not need a medium to travel in

Mechanical waves must use matter as a medium, they displace the matter in space. Examples of mechanical waves are sound waves (must go through gas (air) which is matter), ocean waves (must go through liquid (water) which is matter, and earthquakes (must go through solid (earth) which is matter.Electromagnetic waves do not need matter as a medium and are made of electromagnetic radiation, they cause fluctuations in the magnetic and electric fields that permeate space-time. Examples of electromagnetic waves are radio waves, microwaves, x-rays, and gamma rays (all are part of the electromagnetic spectrum or EMS).

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