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# How does disturbance travel in a medium?

Updated: 9/19/2023

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### The repeating disturbance in a medium?

A repeating (periodic) disturbance in a medium is a wave.

### Does a periodic disturbance of a medium describe a wave?

No. If it happens that the disturbance propagates through the medium, i.e. spreads out from the disturbed point, then the phenomenon that travels away from the disturbance and through the medium describes the wave.

### We can only hear sound travel because there is a medium that produces a disturbance so our ears can detect it. Can the energy that produces sound travel through space without us hearing it?

No. The medium carries the energy. No medium = no sound + no energy + nothing heard.

### What is a disturbance that moves through some type of matter or space?

a wave. Electromagnetic waves (such as light or radio waves) do not need a medium to travel through. Mechanical waves (such as sound waves) require a medium (matter) to travel through.

### Sound is a disturbance that travels through a medium?

a medium as longitude wave

### Do waves created by a large disturbance travel faster than waves created by a small disturbance do?

No, waves with a smaller disturbance travel faster. This is because they have less distance to travel.

### What generates waves?

the disturbance in the medium generates waves

### Which of the following best describes a mechanical wave?

The matter making up the medium does not move along with the wave

### What is required for sound to travel?

Sound requires a medium to travel through, such as air, water, or solids. It also requires a source of vibration or disturbance, such as a vibrating object or a sound wave. The vibrations create pressure waves that travel through the medium, and when those waves reach our ears, we perceive them as sound.

### How can one produce waves?

produce a disturbance in a medium-- wiggle!

Light does that.

### Sound is a disturbance that travels through a medium as a?

Longitudinal wave