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# Why mechanical wave require a medium to transfer energy?

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###### 2014-01-07 04:35:33

Because "mechanical" wave means that something is moving.

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No, an electromagnetic wave does not require matter (a medium) to transfer energy. Electromagnetic energy (like light or radio waves) travels perfectly well in the vacuum of space. In contrast, a mechanical wave, of which sound is an example, does require a medium through which to travel.

Electromagnetic waves can travel through space or a medium while mechanical waves need matter to transfer energy.Apex- They don't require a medium to travel through.

No. Radiation energy transfer does not require a medium (matter) to transfer through.

Disturbances that transfer energy, or waves. Mechanical waves must have a medium to travel.

It is a wave or transfer of energy that does not require a physical medium. The only type of non-mechanical wave known is electromagnetic. non-mechanical waves are composed of electric waves and magnetic waves.

A mechanical wave is a wave that is not capable of transmitting its energy through a vacuum. Mechanical waves require a medium in order to transport their energy from one location to another. A sound wave is an example of a mechanical wave.

Yes definitely. That too the medium has to be a material medium. Because sound is nothing but the longitudinal vibrations produced in the material medium. Hence the transfer of sound energy is nothing but the transfer of this vibrational energy through the material medium.

Mechanical waves require a medium (substance) to travel in, other waves do not. For example, sound is a mechanical wave and require a medium (air, water, etc.), light is not a mechanical wave and does not require a medium

The matter that waves use to transfer energy is called the medium. The medium actually carries the energy of the wave. Sound is a good example of mechanical energy, and it requires a medium to travel. The energy created at the source is transferred into the medium, and the medium carries it forward in transmission (propagation).

Sound cannot travel in a vacuum. Sound is mechanical energy, and it travels by the transfer of mechanical energy through the medium through which it is traveling. If there is nothing to transfer the mechanical energy, like there is nothing in a vacuum, sound cannot travel there.

sound waves require a medium to transfer energyFOR A+ USERS THE ANSWER IS Sound waves travel in all directionssound waves require a medium to transfer energy-- They are longitudinal waves and material medium is required for their propagation.

Mechanical waves require a medium in order to transport energy from one location to another.

A wave is any disturbance that transmits energy through matter or space. Sound is a type of energy that requires waves traveling through matter. The material or substance through which a wave may travel is called the medium. The medium for a wave can be any of the common states of matter: solid, liquid, or gas. Sound waves require a medium. The medium does not move with the energy. Sound waves travel by vibration of particles. If there are no particles, there will be no sound. Waves that require a medium are called mechanical waves. (In addition to sound waves, ocean waves and seismic waves require a medium. Therefore ocean waves and seismic waves are mechanical waves.)

Sound waves require a medium to transfer energy! :)

Yes, it can. In fact, for sound to move through anything, it has to "enter" it. Sound is mechanical energy, and this mechanical energy is transferred into the medium through which the sound is traveling. The medium itself supports the transfer of the (mechanical) energy of sound.

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.

The transfer of energy in sound wave is by the atoms of that medium. When mechanical energy is given by our mouth in the atoms near the mouth, the atoms gain the mechanical energy and convert it into kinetic energy and begin to move within their mean positions and while moving they hit each other and the energy is is transferred to the other electron and this process continues until due to some factors the energy is transferred and heard by an observer at the other end. Sound waves require a material medium for their transmission. The transfer of energy in sound will not occur in a vacuum.

No. Waves that require a medium to travel in are called mechanical waves. Electromagnetic waves are not mechanical waves and do not require a medium.

There does not have to be a medium. Light does not require a medium. Mechanical waves require a mediumAnswer 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)

when EM waves encounter a material medium, they can interact with it in much the same way that mechanical waves do. A mechanical wave transfer energy in two ways. As it travels, the wave moves potential energy from one place to another.

Waves that require a medium are called mechanical waves

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