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Yes, mechanical waves need a medium. Electromagnetic wavs however, do not. Your welcome :)

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Mechanical waves require a medium in order to transport energy from one location to another.


A mechanical wave is a wave that is not capable of transmitting its energy through a vacuum. Mechanical waves require a medium in order to transport their energy from one location to another. A sound wave is an example of a mechanical wave.


A mechanical wave is one that travels through a medium. It requires the medium for propagation, as the mechanical energy is put into the medium, and the medium carries it. Sound is a form of mechanical energy. In contrast, light is a form of electromagnetic energy, and it can travel through a vacuum, unlike a mechanical wave.mechanical wave.


A mechanical wave is a wave the transfers energy through a medium If anyone know what a mechanical waves medium is add an answer to this question


A mechanical wave is a disturbance (an oscillation) that moves through a medium. The source transfers mechanical energy into the medium itself, and the medium propagates the energy of the wave. Examples are sound and an earthquake, and a tsunami.


A mechanical wave travels through a medium because a medium is necessary for the propagation of that wave. With a mechanical wave, like sound, mechanical energy is put intothe wave, and the medium carries the energy of the wave. This is in contrast to an electromagnetic wave (like light) which can move through a total vacuum.


We know that light can travel through a vacuum, and light is electromagnetic energy. As for a form of energy that is unable to travel through a vacuum, mechanical energyis one kind.There are many examples of mechanical energy. Sound is mechanical energy, as are the waves of seismic energy we observe in earthquakes. An explosion creates a shock wave or pressure wave, and this is also mechanical energy. All these forms of mechanical energy require a medium through which to travel. The mechanical energy is transferred into the medium and is conducted or transmitted by the medium. As a vacuum is the term we use to describe a volume of space that has no matter in it, we can conclude that mechanical energy will be unable to travel through it.


Yes, a sound wave is a mechanical wave. Sound waves need a medium (like air) to travel through. The energy of the wave, the mechanical energy, is transferred into the medium through which it is propagated.


Yes, it can. In fact, for sound to move through anything, it has to "enter" it. Sound is mechanical energy, and this mechanical energy is transferred into the medium through which the sound is traveling. The medium itself supports the transfer of the (mechanical) energy of sound.


The amount of initial energy affects the wavelength of a mechanical wave moving through a medium. A mechanical wave requires an initial energy input to be created. Once this initial energy is added, the wave will travel through the medium until all the energy has been transferred.


No, a radio wave is not a mechanical wave. A radio wave is a form of electromagnetic (EM) energy, and it does not require a medium through which to travel like a mechanical wave does. Radio waves can travel through the vacuum of space. Let's contrast that with a mechanical wave.A mechanical wave involves the transfer of mechanical energy into and through a medium. Sound waves (which travel through air) and water waves (which move through water) are mechanical waves. They cannot travel without a medium through which to move.


Disturbances that transfer energy, or waves. Mechanical waves must have a medium to travel.


We know that sound is a mechanical wave and as such, it transfers energy into the medium through which it travels as a means to propagate itself. Without a medium through which to progagate, a mechanical wave cannot move.


A mechanical wave is created when a source of energy causes a vibration to travel through a medium


A mechanical wave is created when an energy source causes a vibration to travel through a medium.


a source of energy for it to originate from, and a medium in which to move through


Sound cannot travel in a vacuum. Sound is mechanical energy, and it travels by the transfer of mechanical energy through the medium through which it is traveling. If there is nothing to transfer the mechanical energy, like there is nothing in a vacuum, sound cannot travel there.



Sound is a type of mechanical energy. This is because of the vibrations that travel through a medium which contains kinetic energy.


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-answered by Victoria Scott


A mechanical wave (like a sound wave) requires a medium for propagation because the medium must carry the energy of the wave. With a mechanical wave, the source puts the energy into the medium, and the medium transports it. In contrast, and electromagnetic wave (like light) can travel in a vacuum; it needs no medium to support its propagation. To keep it simple there has to be energy that's all


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


We know that mechanical waves require a medium through which to travel. An example of a mechanical wave is a sound (acoustic) wave. The wave transfers its energy into the medium so that it can propagate through it. In contrast, electromagnetic waves don't require a medium through which to travel. They move perfectly well through the vacuum of space.


A wave is any disturbance that transmits energy through matter or space. Sound is a type of energy that requires waves traveling through matter. The material or substance through which a wave may travel is called the medium. The medium for a wave can be any of the common states of matter: solid, liquid, or gas. Sound waves require a medium. The medium does not move with the energy. Sound waves travel by vibration of particles. If there are no particles, there will be no sound. Waves that require a medium are called mechanical waves. (In addition to sound waves, ocean waves and seismic waves require a medium. Therefore ocean waves and seismic waves are mechanical waves.)



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