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# What do you call waves that require a medium A electromagnetic waves or B mechanical waves?

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###### 2011-10-25 14:47:52

Mechanical waves, shock waves, etc.

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No. Waves that require a medium to travel in are called mechanical waves. Electromagnetic waves are not mechanical waves and do not require a medium.

Mechanical waves require a medium for their propagation whereas electromagnetic waves require a medium for their propagation.

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.

Mechanical waves require a medium to travel, where electromagnetic waves do not.

Mechanical waves require a medium while Electromagnetic waves does not.

electromagnetic don't require a medium to travel through but mechanical waves do

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

There does not have to be a medium. Light does not require a medium. Mechanical waves require a mediumAnswer 2:Not all waves require a medium for their transmission. Mechanical waves require a medium for their transmission because it is the molecules of the medium which cause the wave to propagate. However, electromagnetic waves do NOT require a medium. (for example light)

Electromagnetic waves do not require a medium to travel. Mechanical waces like sound or ocean waves require a medium to propogate (travel).

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.

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.

Yes, that's the definition of "mechanical". Electromagnetic waves do not.

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.

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.

Because they are not mechanical waves. That is, their existence does not require any waving or wiggling material.

No, electromagnetic waves do not require a medium.

Electromagnetic waves do not require medium for propagation.

We know that electromagnetic waves and gravity waves will move perfectly well through the vacuum of space. In contrast, it is mechanical waves that require a medium to propagate.

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

Mechanical waves require a medium, as opposed to electromagnetic waves which can travel through a vacuum.

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.

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

Mechanical waves such as sound and vibration require a medium in which to travel. Electromagnetic waves such as radio and light need no transmission medium.

The only similarity is that the mechanical waves need medium to propagate and the electromagnetic waves can propagate through medium and space.

Waves that require a medium are called mechanical waves

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