Is sound Energy or a force?

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benzun_1999
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Dear reader,

Is sound Energy or a force? I am confused.:smile:
 

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STAii
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Sound itself is a wave.
Actually, it is a wave that needs a medium to go through (unlike Electromagnetic waves).
Now the wave itself carries energy, since the wave is movement of the atoms/molecules making up the medium.
And when one atom moves the one next to it, you have a force (normally, the transportation of energy involves forces between the objects/atoms/molecules/particles in which the energy is moving).
 
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Sound is a mechanical wave; therefore, its fundmental unit is a phonon. Phonons like photons are a form of energy. Sound is energy.

eNtRopY
 
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brum
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yeah but is sound energy (like how light is energy)?



how are sound and light waves different? what makes 'em different?
 
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Originally posted by brum
yeah but is sound energy (like how light is energy)?



how are sound and light waves different? what makes 'em different?

Sound requires a mechanical medium. It is a wave packet of energy in the form of physically displaced medium. In other words it requires something to vibrate. Without a medium, like air or metal or some other material, sound does not exist.

Light requires no medium. It is a wave packet of energy in the form of oscillating electric and magnetic field.

eNtRopY
 
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FZ+
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Sound is basically a way in which kinetic energy is transmitted by compressional waves. It isn't "energy" exactly, but rather a transfer of energy. It is generally thought that EVERYTHING contains energy. Perhaps even empty space is filled with energy.

Light is composed of photons, which are wavepackets. This is a case of a transverse wave of force fields propagating each other, rather than "things" moving and vibrating. Hence it's generally apt to consider photons as quanta of pure energy.
 

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