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Yes, but only EM waves don't.

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Why do transverse waves not need a medium?

Wrong.Earthquake S-waves are just one example of transverse waves that do need a medium to travel through. Specifically they need a solid medium and cannot not travel through either liquid or gaseous mediums.Perhaps you are confusing transverse waves in general with electromagnetic waves (which happen to be transverse) but do not need a medium because they are a propagating electric field - magnetic field each creating the other in a cycle.


What are the properties of electromagnet waves?

electomagnetic waves are transverse waves... electromagnetic waves do not need any medium to travel


Do radio waves need medium to travel?

no they do not, they can travel through vacuums and do not need particles to travel as sound waves do. radio waves are transverse waves whereas sound waves are not


What is the difference between transverse waves and electromagnetic waves?

Transverse waves are a type of mechanical wave. A mechanical wave is a wave that needs a medium (type of substance such as gas, liquid or solid) to travel through. Transverse waves move the medium perpendicular to the energy. Transverse waves are like ocean waves. Electromagnetic waves are waves that don't need a medium to travel on. Electromagnetic waves can be transverse or longitudinal. Longitudinal waves are waves that that compress and rarefact or get close together/bunch up and stretch apart.


Are electromagnetic waves transverse or longitudinal waves?

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. :)


What waves need a medium to travel in?

Mechanical waves need a medium to travel in


What is the difference between transverse waves and compression waves?

transverse waves- the medium vibrates up and down, example- visible light, gamma and xrays. compression/longitudinal- move back and forth and need a medium to travel in. example- slinky.


Why does a longitudinal wave need a medium?

It is not so much longitudinal vs. transverse - it is the type of wave. Mechanical waves, by definition, travel through matter. That includes sound waves. Mechanical waves, however, can be both longitudinal and transverse - and both require a medium.


Do radio waves need a medium to travel through?

radio waves do not need a medium to travel through.


Does waves need a medium to travel through?

Some waves called mechanical waves e.g sound need a medium to travel through while electromagnetic waves need no medium to travel through e.g light


Waves need matter to travel throgh?

waves such as transverse waves, like moving a rope up and down causing waves, does require a medium but energy in the form of light (its still debatible weather its a particle or wave) doesnt need a medium,like electromagnetic waves


What do transverse and longitudinal waves have in common?

they both need something like a medium to travel through (matter) however a light wave can travel through a vacuum.


What is the same about a transverse wave and a compressional wave?

Tranverse and compressional waves both have frequencies, wavelengths, and amplitudes. Compressional waves like sound must travel through a medium, but transverse waves like light don't need one.


What is the difference between heat waves and sound waves?

Heat waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation. Therefore, they are transverse waves (oscillate perpendicularly to the direction of propagation) and need no medium to travel through. Sound waves, on the other hand, are mechanical waves, meaning they need a medium to travel through. If that medium is a liquid or a gas, sound waves oscillate longitudinally (in the direction they're traveling). If that medium is a solid, they oscillate both longitudinally and transversely.


Do light waves need a medium?

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


Due mechanical waves need a medium to travel through?

Yes, mechanical waves do need a medium in order to travel. Other waves, such as light, do not (thus they can travel through space).


Why do waves travel through mediums?

Waves need not require medium to travel through. Only Mechanical waves like sound waves require medium to travel through. Electromagnetic waves travel in vaccum like light waves. Some waves transmitted in a medium due to disturbances in the medium .


Type of wave in which matter vibrates in the same direction the wave travels?

That would be a transverse wave. Examples would be sound or a wave in water. Transverse waves need a medium to travel through.



All waves need a medium to travel?

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.


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!


What types of waves require a medium?

Mechanical waves.For example, sound waves, ocean waves, etc.Many waves need a medium to travel: sound waves, water waves, and seismic waves.Electromagnetic waves do not need a medium.


When a wave travel through a medium?

Mechanical waves such as sound and vibration require a medium in which to travel. Electromagnetic waves such as radio and light need no transmission medium.


What waves don't need medium to travel?

Electromagnetic waves, as well as gravitational waves.


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