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When a wave travel through a medium?

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2011-02-19 09:07:14
2011-02-19 09:07:14

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.

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the wave which does not travel through a medium is called electromagnetic wave.


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


when a wave travel through medium then sound is produced



waves are easily travel in medium.....


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Mechanical waves travel through a medium. Sound is a mechanical wave that can travel through the mediums of air, water, rocks, etc.


No. The wave travels through the medium but the medium does not travel with the wave. Rocks or bone can be the medium for sound but the rock does not move with the sound


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any wave of energy except for electromagnetic waves need a medium to travel through.


Yes ,....... light wave can travel through the air ... the light wave does not require any medium.


Usually when you place a medium glass next to the ocean, the wave does not break through the glass initially. However, give it time, and it will travel through.


False the wave goes through the medium only. And does not carry it.


No, a radio wave is not a mechanical wave. A radio wave is a form of electromagnetic (EM) energy, and it does not require a medium through which to travel like a mechanical wave does. Radio waves can travel through the vacuum of space. Let's contrast that with a mechanical wave.A mechanical wave involves the transfer of mechanical energy into and through a medium. Sound waves (which travel through air) and water waves (which move through water) are mechanical waves. They cannot travel without a medium through which to move.


Sound wave do not travel through vaccum as it need medium to travel.


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An electromagnetic wave, such as light.



A mechanical wave (e.g. sound).


A wave of kinetic energy requires a medium to travel though.


We know that mechanical waves require a medium through which to travel. An example of a mechanical wave is a sound (acoustic) wave. The wave transfers its energy into the medium so that it can propagate through it. In contrast, electromagnetic waves don't require a medium through which to travel. They move perfectly well through the vacuum of space.


Electromagnet waves so they can travel through space.


A transverse wave of light can travel through air or gas.



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