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Answered 2012-05-13 23:56:12

Mechanical waves, such as sound waves travel through a medium. They cannot travel through a vacuum.

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Why do waves travel through mediums?

Waves need not require medium to travel through. Only Mechanical waves like sound waves require medium to travel through. Electromagnetic waves travel in vaccum like light waves. Some waves transmitted in a medium due to disturbances in the medium .


Do radio waves need a medium to travel through?

radio waves do not need a medium to travel through.


Does waves need a medium to travel through?

Some waves called mechanical waves e.g sound need a medium to travel through while electromagnetic waves need no medium to travel through e.g light


What happens when waves travel through a medium?

Sound waves travel through any medium with the exception of vacuum. The denser the medium, the faster the sound waves travel, because the waves can be farther apart..


The matter through which a wave travels is called what?

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Why does a sound wave travel through a medium?

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Electromagnetic waves can travel through a?

Electromagnetic waves can travel through any medium as they are non- mechanical waves. They can also travel through vacuum.


What material do waves travel through?

They travel through a material medium.


What can waves travel through?

Sound waves need a medium to travel through - the medium may be solid, liquid, or gaseous. Electromagnetic waves (including light) can also travel through empty space.


Due mechanical waves need a medium to travel through?

Yes, mechanical waves do need a medium in order to travel. Other waves, such as light, do not (thus they can travel through space).


What substance through which mechanical waves can travel?

A material medium through which the mechanical waves could travel. Air is a material medium though which sound waves, mechanical waves, can easily pass through.


What medium do P waves travel through?

P waves can travel through solids, liquids, and gases.


All waves need a medium to travel?

No, only surface and mechanical waves need a medium, compressional waves can travel through space. (Such as light from the Sun).I think light (EM) waves are the only ones that can travel through a vacuum. Sound waves require a medium.


What type of wave requires no medium to travel through?

there are no waves that can travel without a medium, that why waves don't exsist in space.


What type of medium is required by radio waves?

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Do light waves need a medium?

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What needs a medium substance to travel through?

Mechanical waves need a medium substance to travel through. Electromagnetic do not.


Does light waves travel through empty space or sound waves?

Light waves, like all electromagnetic waves, travel without a medium, so they can travel through empty space. Sound waves, on the other hand, do require a medium to travel or propagate; therefore, they can not travel through empty space.


Where can electromagntic waves travel through?

Electromagnetic Waves can travel through space without any material medium.


What happens when a sound wave travels through a medium?

Sound waves travel through any medium with the exception of vacuum. The denser the medium, the faster the sound waves travel, because the waves can be farther apart..


What medium do seiesmic waves travel through?

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Is an electromagnetic wave a mechanical wave?

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Can ultrasound waves travel through a vacuum?

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When waves travel from one point to another what is transferred through the medium?

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