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Why do sound wave require a medium to travel?

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Sound waves are mechanical waves and all mechanical waves require a material medium for its propagation unlike electromagnectic waves

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


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


generally electromagnetic wave does not require any medium while sound waves require a medium (air) for propagation


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


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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Waves that require a medium in which to travel are called mechanical waves. A medium is the substance/matter/material the wave travels in. For example, sound is a mechanical wave. Sound can travel through the mediums of water or air or solid objects. All three of these are mediums through which sound can travel.Answer 2:A wave is a moving vibration through some material. That material is called the medium. Well known examples are the surface waves of water (water is the medium) and sound (air is the medium).


waves are easily travel in medium.....


We know that a mechanical wave requires a medium through which to travel. The source puts the energy into the medium, and it propagates. A sound wave is a good example of this, and we can contrast it with an electromagnetic wave (like light). Light can travel through a vacuum; it doesn't require a medium for its propagation.


electromagnetic waves are wave that do not require a material medium for their propagation while mechanical wave requires a material medium for example light wave is an electromagnetic wave it does not require any material medium(depends on air or water)for their propagation i.e even in the absence of air light will still travel... sound wave is a mechanical wave because sound do not travel in a vacuum....


Yes, sound is a wave and it travels when there is a medium for it to travel through.


Waves that require a medium through which to travel are called mechanical waves. They require a medium (gas, solid, and liquid).


when a wave travel through medium then sound is produced


We know that sound (an acoustic wave) is mechanical energy that travels in waves. These waves require a medium to move through. Fluids (like a liquid, gas or plasma) and solids will conduct sound, and the energy of the wave is transferred into the medium in order for it to travel. The mechanical waves that result from earthquakes also require a medium to travel in. These can be contrasted with electromagnetic energy, like light or radio waves, that can travel through the vacuum of space.


Electromagnetic radiation does not require a medium.


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


Sound waves travel the fastest through a solid.


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