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Do sound waves require a medium?


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Answered 2010-05-16 22:56:20

Sound waves need a medium to propagate.

Light-waves and other electromagnetic wave (radio, xray) do not.

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Which of the following is true of sound waves?

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What is the medium of sound?

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What is true of sound waves?

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What wave does NOT require a medium?

Electromagnetic waves do not require a medium to travel. Mechanical waces like sound or ocean waves require a medium to propogate (travel).


How are sound waves and eletromagnetic waves different?

Sound waves require a medium such as air, solid, or liquid in order to propagate. Electromagnetic waves do not require a medium for propagation and can move through a vacuum.


What is nature of sound waves?

Sound waves are longitudinal in nature, and they require a medium for propagation.


Differences between light and sound waves?

Sound waves must travel through a medium, light does not require a medium. Sound waves are longitudinal waves, light are transverse waves.


Are sound waves mechanical waves?

Mechanical waves are waves that require a medium in which to travel, i.e., a solid or fluid. As sound needs a medium to travel, sound is a mechanical wave.


What types of waves require a medium?

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Why are sound waves not considered a mechanical wave?

Sound waves are mechanical waves. They require a medium through which to travel.


Why light waves doesn't require a medium for its propogation but sound waves require?

sound waves move along with the particles of matter through which it passes


Do sound waves need a medium to travel?

Yes.Yes, sound waves do require a medium to travel through.Yes.They are pressure waves - and they need something (medium) to compress and rarefy.Yes. Sound waves are compression waves. If there's no medium, there's nothing there to compress!


Why does sound require a medium?

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WhAT IS A a sound wave that requires a meduim?

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How do mechanical waves transfer energy?

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How are water and sound waves alike?

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What happens when you introduce sound waves to light waves?

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How do sound waves travel to a satellite?

Sound waves require a medium to travel through, and, since space is a vacuum, sound waves can't travel in it.


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Why do waves travel through mediums?

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Give two examples of waves that require a medium?

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How can light waves move through space?

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