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How are sound waves like ocean waves?


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Sound waves and ocean waves are both mechanical waves. But sound waves are longitudinal waves and waves on the ocean are transverse waves. Links can be found below to related questions on what longitudinal and transverse waves are.

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ocean waves have to do with water and sound waves have to do with sound


Sound waves are like ocean waves because it resembles an ocean wave with crests (peak) and troughs (valleys). The crests indicate regions of high pressure and the troughs, low pressure.


Big splashing waves of the ocean


Mechanical waves, like sound waves, seismic waves, and ocean waves, do. Electromagnetic waves, like radio, light, and X-rays, do not.


Maybe the sound of the ocean is suicidal sounding to you because when the waves crash they could sound like small gunshots. ??????


Ocean waves have a distinct sound that soothes a lot of people and can help people sleep. They make a sort of whooshing sound and almost sounds like the wind mixed with water.


Longitudinal: Sound waves, Ultra sound waves , ocean waves, and earthqake p waves. Transverse: ALOT like longitudinal waves so same thing


Some include sound waves, which are the most well known, and surface waves (like ocean waves), which are both longitudinal and transverse waves.


Ocean waves, seismic waves, and sound waves are some examples.


yes. sound and ocean waves both hav crests (highest point) and troughs (lowest point)...and essentially look the same


Some kinds of waves are heat waves, sound waves, ocean waves, seismic waves..


Primary waves (or P-waves) have the highest velocities because they move as a compression wave (like sound waves) rather than shear waves (like ocean waves).


For example, water waves, sound, light.


Sound waves need a medium, however, ocean waves are simply water traveling in an undulating pattern. On Earth, ocean waves are caused by the tidal patterns created from the sun & moon's gravitational pull on the Earth. Sound waves are audible energy that bounces off of particles, making it medium-dependent.


Sound waves, ocean waves and seismic (earthquake) waves need a medium


You can hear the waves crashing by the shore.



Examples of mechanical waves are waves in the ocean and sound waves from devices like mouths, trombones, and radios. Electromagnetic waves like sunshine and X-rays are not mechanical waves because matter is not doing the waving.


ocean surface waves,sound waves,radiowaves,inertial waves,etc.


Both ocean waves and sound waves have a fairly large range of wavelengths - for example, there is a ratio of about 1:1000 between the frequencies (and therefore, also the wavelengths) of sound we can hear. Therefore, there is quite a bit of overlap.


There are different kinds of waves... sound, ocean, surface, longitudinal, and transverse.


Sound waves in a fluid, such as air, are longitudinal waves and so they cannot be polarized like electromagnetic waves, which are transverse waves. Sound waves in solids can occur as longitudinal and transverse. The transverse waves can be polarized waves, like those of electromagnetic waves.


When sound originate in the water, the sound waves tend to refract down, toward the cooler water.


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.


No. Vibrating air IS sound waves. With no atmosphere (no air, like in space), there are no sound waves.



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