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Physical waves

  1. Dec 24, 2014 #1
    Are physical waves, like sound waves, or water waves, real physical objects like matter?
     
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  3. Dec 24, 2014 #2

    Doug Huffman

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    They are a predicate of the subject matter. Sound waves are compression waves. Water waves are transverse waves. Both/each have molecules translating from their relaxed positions.
     
  4. Dec 24, 2014 #3
    But im asking if the wave it self is a physical object, not the medium they travel through
     
  5. Dec 24, 2014 #4
    For example, if i completely emptied a room and took out all the atoms and molecules in there, and then played a noise in the room, would the sound wave itself be physical?
     
  6. Dec 24, 2014 #5

    Doug Huffman

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    Learn predicate(subject). What do you think is "noise"?
     
  7. Dec 24, 2014 #6
    Are you stating that physical waves are really physical or not? I'm specifically concerning the wave and not the medium which it travels through.
     
  8. Dec 24, 2014 #7

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