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Homework Help: Which waves can be polarized?

  1. May 5, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    which waves can be polarized :-
    -u.v. waves .
    -sound waves .
    and why ?

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    i think it is the first item ????!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 5, 2010 #2
    Re: polarization

    What does polarization mean? The direction of -what- in a wave does it specify? If I say that a wave has linear polarization along the y direction, what does that mean?

    Can a wave that has oscillations along the direction of propagation have polarization? The answer to this question should immediately answer the one you were given.
     
  4. May 6, 2010 #3
    Re: polarization

    very thanks
     
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