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Two waves that do not require a medium to travel would be light waves and gravitational waves. - Zach Harris, B.S. Physics

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Name a kind of wave that does not require a medium?

(1) Electromagnetic waves, (2) gravitational waves.


What is the difference between mechanical waves and electromagnetic waves?

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Why does there have to be a medium for waves to travel through?

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Types of wave motion?

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How are transverse waves similar to and different from longitudinal waves?

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What is a medium of a wave?

Waves that require a medium in which to travel are called mechanical waves. A medium is the substance/matter/material the wave travels in. For example, sound is a mechanical wave. Sound can travel through the mediums of water or air or solid objects. All three of these are mediums through which sound can travel.Answer 2:A wave is a moving vibration through some material. That material is called the medium. Well known examples are the surface waves of water (water is the medium) and sound (air is the medium).


Why are light and sound not considered to be matter?

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What are the 2 differences between mechanical and electromagnetic waves?

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What are two waves that humans are exposed to every day?

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State 2 differences between transverse waves and longitudinal waves?

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If a wave is defined as a motion in a medium why is an electromagnetic wave not need a medium?

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What do you know about the speed of the 2 waves in the vacuum?

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How and which waves travel either through a medium or a vacuum?

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If a wave has a wavelength of 30 cm and a frequency of 2 Hz what is the speed?

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What slows down sound waves?

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What are properties of sound waves?

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Compare and contrast light and sound waves?

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