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Gravitational Wave

  1. Nov 8, 2012 #1
    I have a question:
    Would Gravity (or gravitational) waves be considered mechanical waves?
    Wouldn't the Medium be the space-time continuum itself for these waves?
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  3. Nov 8, 2012 #2


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    I don't think "mechanical wave" is a useful category for gravitational waves.

  4. Nov 8, 2012 #3
    Well, to my knowledge, not many mechanical waves are qudripole like a gravitational wave is. You are correct in assuming that space-time is the medium for such waves, however. As in it's the local value of the metric (the value of curvature) that changes as said gravitational wave passes through.
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