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# What type of waves can only transfer energy through a medium?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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Mechanical Waves

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### What is transferred through a medium?

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

### What type of wave can transfer energy through a medium?

Mechanical waves.

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### How does energy transfer by waves differ from energy transfer by a moving object?

In energy Transfer by waves, the energy moves through the the medium, for example the water, but isn't carrying the water with it. In energy transfer by a moving object the energy is traveling by means of an object. So, energy transfer by waves can be pictured as a person (the energy) swimming through water (the medium) and energy transfer through an object can be pictured as a person (the energy) riding a bicycle (the object) In the first case the energy itself is moving through a medium, where in the second case the energy is using its power to move by use of an object. Hope this helps you understand!

### What type of wave can transfer energy without medium?

the wave which does not travel through a medium is called electromagnetic wave.

### What waves transfer from one place to another?

All waves can travel from one place to another as long as they have a medium to travel through. The only waves that do not need a medium are electromagnetic waves. When using the word "transfer" though. Waves transfer energy; waves themselves are not transfered they simply travel.

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### What kind of wave does sound make?

Sound is a compression wave. Waves are basically movements in the medium through which energy travels. Compression waves cause the medium to move parallel to the energy movement. Electromagnetic waves, although they do not require a medium, move parallel to the transfer of energy.