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# Experiment to demonstrate that sound need a material medium to propagate?

Updated: 8/9/2023

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12y ago

Take an electric bell and hang this bell inside an empty bell-jar fitted with a vacuum pump (as shown in the following figure).

Initially, one can hear the sound of the ringing bell. Now, pump out some air from the bell-jar using the vacuum pump. It will be observed that the sound of the ringing bell decreases. If one keeps on pumping the air out of the bell-jar, then at one point, the glass-jar will be devoid of any air. At this moment, no sound can be heard from the ringing bell although one can see that the prong of the bell is still vibrating. When there is no air present inside, we can say that a vacuum is produced. Sound cannot travel through vacuum. This shows that sound needs a material medium for its propagation.

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take a plastic ruler .place the ruler on the table top such that 10 cm of ruler projects out from the edge of the table .

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### Where does sound not propagate?

sound needs a material medium to travel. Sound can travel by compression and rarefactions.attma

### Medium for the wave?

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### What is meant by the medium of a wave?

Waves need a medium to propagate themselves through. The waves generated on a pond by a falling droplet need a medium, in this case its the very water of the pond. Sound waves can propagate both though a water medium or an air medium for example. Electromagnetic waves are an exception in that they do not need a medium to propagate through (the can propagate through the void of interstellar space).

### How do sound waves spread or propagate from the source toward the space around it?

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A medium in which to propagate

### What is an experiment to demonstrate that sound requires a medium to travel?

Making some sound (ringing a bell, dropping an object, etc.) inside a vacuum.

### Do mechanical waves require a medium?

Yes, mechanical waves require a medium to travel through. This medium can be a solid, liquid, or gas. Without a medium, such as in empty space, mechanical waves cannot propagate.

### What is characteristics of a wave?

They need a medium to propagate through.

### Can a wave travels without medium?

1) Electromagnetic waves2) Gravitational waves Actually, both of these use empty space as a medium - but the point is that they require no additional material, as when a sound wave requires atoms to propagate.

### Why sound waves travels faster through a solid than gas?

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### Does sound exist in space?

No. Sound needs a medium to propagate.

### What is a characteristics of a mechanical wave?

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