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# How is mechanical waves different from other waves?

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###### 2010-03-22 16:44:55

There are basically two types of waves;mechanical and electromagnetic waves.Mechanical waves are waves that require a material medium for their peopagation e.g sound waves, water waves e.t.c.On the other hand, electromagnetic waves are waves that do not require a material medium for its propagation e.g light waves, gamma rays.As indicated from the above definitions, the main difference between mechanical waves and other waves(electromagnetic waves) is is that sound waves require a material for its propagation while the latter does not.

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Mechanical waves require a medium while Electromagnetic waves does not.

mechanical waves need a medium to travel through and electromagnetic waves don't

The biggest difference is that mechanical waves require a medium to travel through and electromagnetic waves do not.

Some different types of waves are: light, sound, and seismic. Waves can be classified as mechanical or electromagnetic, and transverse or longitudinal. There are many other types of waves depending on what you are talking about, but all waves are classified as two of these.

Nothing. Sound waves are mechanical waves and light waves are electromagnetic waves. The two do not affect each other. Note that electromagnetic waves do not require a medium through which to travel. Sound waves (or any other mechanical waves) require a medium for transmission. And the medium through which a mechanical wave travels will affect an electromagnetic wave.

Mechanical waves require a medium (substance) to travel in, other waves do not. For example, sound is a mechanical wave and require a medium (air, water, etc.), light is not a mechanical wave and does not require a medium

They have the ability to trigger vibrations in our auditory organs. Other properties of sound waves are shared with mechanical waves.

Quantifying the number of types of waves in fact reduces to the problem of quantifying the number of forces. In fact, mechanical waves are a subset of electromagnetic waves, so there are in fact three other types of waves on top of electromagnetic, for the three other fundamental forces: strong nuclear, weak nuclear, gravitational. Mechanical movement can be caused by any of the four fundamental forces. *Short answer: no. By the way, mechanical waves require a medium, where EM waves do not. They are the only, two, separate types of waves.

Mechanical waves are classified by how they move. 2 types of mechanical waves are transverse waves and longitudinal waves.

Here are some differences between mechanical and electromagnetic waves.Mechanical waves can be either transverse or longitudinal. Electromagnetic waves are only transverse waves.Mechanical waves require a material medium to propagate. Thy can only travel in solids, liquids and gases. Electromagnetic waves do not require any medium. They can travel in vacuum also.Electromagnetic waves travel at the speed of light. Mechanical waves travel at much slower speeds.Mechanical waves propagate by the vibration of molecules of the medium. Electromagnetic waves travel by the oscillations of the electrical and magnetic vectors of a photon.

No. They are two different types of waves. Mechanical waves require a medium, such as air, to travel through. Electromagnetic waves do not need a medium to travel through.

Electromagnetic waves can travel through space or a medium while mechanical waves need matter to transfer energy.Apex- They don't require a medium to travel through.

Three examples of mechanical waves are ocean waves, sound waves, and seismic waves. Mechanical waves can also be categorized as surface waves, longitudinal waves, and transverse waves.

mechanical waves need a medium to travel through, electromagnetic waves do not. Electromagnetic waves can travel through space, mechanical waves can not.:PElectromagnetic waves do not require a medium, but mechanical waves do.

Three examples of mechanical waves are: sound waves, water waves and stadium waves. Mechanical waves can't transfer their energy through a vacuum.

Mechanical waves (like sound) require things to bang into each other, or at least push each other around, to continue to be a wave propagation. In space, there isn't enough stuff close enough together to carry a wave in that form. Electromagnetic waves, on the other hand, umm... are a different theory.

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

Non mechanical waves are Eletro magnetic waves. We can devide 2 waves. 1 is mechanical waves &amp; 2 is electromagnetic waves. For example Sound is a mechanical wave &amp; Light is an electromagnetic wave.

Sound waves and electromagnetic waves are different. Sound is composed of density waves in the air or some other form of matter. Sound is a mechanical compression-rarefaction wave. The different types of electromagnetic waves are gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet rays, visible light, infrared radiation, microwaves, and radio waves.

Three types of mechanical waves are transverse, longitudinal, &amp; surface waves. Mechanical waves require a material medium to travel.

mechanical waves can be both transverse and longitudinal, but all electromagnetic waves are transverse.

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