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Does sound travel in a straight line?

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April 17, 2010 11:22PM

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yes sound travel in a straight line

What Sound Looks Like

The answer is yes and no.

If you drew a line from the source of a sound to where you were when you perceived it, it would appear to be a line.

However, upon further analysis (the depth of that depending on the sound you are looking at), you would see that it actually travels in a wave form, having an amplitude, frequency, wave length, period and speed.

Does sound travel in a straight line?

No, sound travels in a wave, therefore it does not travel in a straight line. It does travel in a line, just not a staright one