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Waves Vibrations and Oscillations
What types of waves require a medium?
September 17, 2015 9:29AM
For example, sound waves, ocean waves, etc.
Many waves need a medium to travel: sound waves, water waves, and seismic waves.
Electromagnetic waves do not need a medium.
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What types of waves do not require any material medium for their propagation?
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What types of waves do not require any medium for the propagation?
Why does there have to be a medium for waves to travel through?
There does not have to be a medium. Light does not require a medium. Mechanical waves require a medium Answer 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)