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# Why do waves travel through mediums?

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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 .

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Not all waves require mediums to propagate.Sound waves can travel through solid, liquid and gaseous mediums, while, electromagnetic waves do not require any medium to travel through.

This depends a lot on the type of waves you're talking about. Sound waves, for example, can travel through water, solid, and air mediums, but not through a vacuum. Electromagnetic waves, however, can travel in a vacuum.

It can travel through a solid, liquid, gas, and plasma

NO! Seismic waves can't travel through space. They are mechanical waves. Mechanical waves require going through mediums and there isn't a medium in space.

Waves can travel through all the three medium that are known as solid, liquid and gas. Only the speed differs.

yes, S-Waves can travel through many different types of mediums, such as rock, metal, and various fluids. they only travel through solids.

Heat in the form of infrared radiation can travel through many mediums, and some better than others. It can also travel through the vacuum of space. The more transparent the medium is to infrared radiation, the better it will travel through it.

Waves can travel through many media, depending on their nature. Sound waves can go through solids, liquids and gases. Transverse shock waves can only travel through solids. Electromagnetic waves can go through some solids, liquids or gases, or through a vacuum.

Yes, P (longitudinal) waves can travel through solid, liquid, and gaseous mediums.

Light waves travel at approx 300,000 kilometres per second, sound at approx 0.343 kilometres/second.Light waves can travel in vacuum or through some media (there is no such word as mediums!). Sound waves cannot travel through vacuum: they needs a physical medium.

Sound waves travel though mediums. Solids , liquids , and gas . It also travels though transverse and longitudinal. Also travel through the air......

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

One of the most intriguing aspects of electromagnetic waves is that a medium is not necessary for them to propagate. However, they do have the ability to travel through many mediums, including air, glass, water, gas, and crystals. they propogate by creating their own electromagnetic field.

Light waves can travel through empty space. You might say that the empty space is the medium in this case.

All matter. However, sound waves cannot pass through vacuums, such as space.

most kinds of waves need something to travel through. Water waves, for example, travel along the surface of the water. A wave can even travel along a rope. Gases (such as air), liquids (such as water), and solids (such as rope) , all act as mediums. Waves that require a medium through which travel are called mechanical waves.Some waves do not require a medium to travel through. Light can travel and carry energy through empty space. Waves that can travel without a medium are called electromagnetic waves. :)

Light or radioactive particles. They uses electro magnetic radiation as a medium for them to travel through, Waves like sound can not travel through vacuum because they need physical mediums like air.

Waves travel faster in denser mediums. For example, sound travels faster in water than air.

Sound travels the same way through different mediums. Sound travels faster in denser mediums.

Sound waves travel faster through denser mediums, and water is denser than air, so sound travels faster through water than air

Light does not travel as a mechanical vibration. It can pass through some mediums, but through a vacuum as well.

Yes, sound waves can travel through most mediums, even rocks which are extremely dense. A good example is the shock wave from an Earthquake, which can be heard hundreds of miles away from the epicentre after travelling through rocks in the ground.

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