The Naked Scientists

The Naked Scientists Forum

Author Topic: What types of waves cannot travel through a vacuum?  (Read 6528 times)

Lucille J

  • Guest
Lucille J asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Which one of the following waves cannot travel through a vacuum:  sound waves, radio waves, light waves, x-rays

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 23/05/2011 16:01:02 by _system »

CZARCAR

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 682
    • View Profile
What types of waves cannot travel through a vacuum?
« Reply #1 on: 23/05/2011 16:04:41 »
sound waves?

CliffordK

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 6409
  • Site Moderator
    • View Profile
What types of waves cannot travel through a vacuum?
« Reply #2 on: 23/05/2011 18:32:18 »
Yes...
Sound waves require a medium (air/water/solid/etc).

Radio waves, light waves, x-rays are all EM waves, and travel fastest in a vacuum.

yor_on

  • Too Much Free Time Level Member
  • **********
  • Posts: 10150
  • (Ah, yes:) *a table is always good to hide under*
    • View Profile
What types of waves cannot travel through a vacuum?
« Reply #3 on: 26/05/2011 19:35:11 »
Well, there is something called the sound imprint of the Big Bang in the sky if I remember right :) The Cosmic Sound.

Was this a 'trick question'?

 

SMF 2.0 | SMF © 2011, Simple Machines