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WhAT IS A a sound wave that requires a meduim?


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Answered 2015-03-30 12:55:24

Longitudinal waves require a medium to propogate . Example are sound waves

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What is a wave that requires a medium through which to travel?

A mechanical wave such as a sound wave requires a medium to travel through.


Which meduim is the velocity of a sound wave the greatest?

The velocity of sound is the highest when travelling through a solid. Sound travels fastes in a solid, then in a liquid, and slowest through a gas.



Sounds travels in what kind of wave?

Sound is a longitudinal, mechanical wave that requires a medium.


Why is a vibration necessary for a sound wave to form?

because its a mechanical wave, it requires an action to be formed and that produces energy ( as a sound)


Sound does not travel through a vacuum?

No. Sound is transmitted as vibrations, that pass from one group of atoms to the next, thus, it requires the presence of atoms that transport the sound wave.No. Sound is transmitted as vibrations, that pass from one group of atoms to the next, thus, it requires the presence of atoms that transport the sound wave.No. Sound is transmitted as vibrations, that pass from one group of atoms to the next, thus, it requires the presence of atoms that transport the sound wave.No. Sound is transmitted as vibrations, that pass from one group of atoms to the next, thus, it requires the presence of atoms that transport the sound wave.


Why is light faster than sound?

Sound is a mechanical wave. Therfore, it requires a medium.


How sound waves differ from light waves?

Sound is a longitudinal wave and a light wave is a transverse wave. Sound requires a medium to travel through but light can propagate without any medium.



Which requires a physical medium in which to travel light or sound?

it is sound that requires a medium to travel .. light is an electromagnetic wave ..it doesn't require a medium..


Why cant you hear the sun here on earth?

Because sound doesn't traverse through a vacuum, sound requires air to pass through in a wave (sound wave).


What is sound an example of?

a mechanical wave that requires a medium through which to travel.


Why is sound wave a mechanical wave?

Sound is a mechanical wave because it requires passing through a medium in order to travel. Air, water, and string are all examples of mediums that sound waves travel through.


How do sound and light travel?

The travelling of light and sound are two contrasting things.The sound wave being a longitudinal mechanical wave requires a medium and makes use of the inertia and elasticity of the medium in order to progress.Whereas a light wave being an electromagnetic wave requires no medium to travel and propogates by means of changing electric and magnetic fields.


Why sound cannot travel in a vacium?

Sound is not an electromagnetic wave, which can pass through a vacuum, but a vibration wave which requires matter to vibrate. A vacuum has no matter to vibrate, therefor sound cannot pass through it.


Which kind of wave requires a medium for propagation?

A Sound wave, water wave, earth quake wave. Electromagnetic waves (radio, light, etc.) do not require a medium for propagation.


If the wave requires a medium then the wave is classified as a?

If the wave requires a medium then it is a mechanical wave.


Sound cannot travel through what?

As sound is a mechanical wave (unlike light, an electromagnetic wave), it requires a medium in which to travel, therefore, it cannot travel through a vacuum.



What part of the electromagnetic spectrum does the ultrasonic wave falls into?

An ultrasonic wave is not an electromagnetic wave; it is a sound wave.An ultrasonic wave is not an electromagnetic wave; it is a sound wave.An ultrasonic wave is not an electromagnetic wave; it is a sound wave.An ultrasonic wave is not an electromagnetic wave; it is a sound wave.


What wave requires a medium?

A mechanical wave requires a medium.


Is a sound wave a transverse wave?

No, a sound wave is a compressional wave.


Is a sound wave a electromaginic wave?

No. A sound wave is a pressure wave.


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