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  • Created on: 14-12-19 12:30

Sound waves

Sound waves are longitudinal waves. They cause particles to vibrate parallel to the direction of wave travel. The vibrations can travel through solids, liquids or gases. The speed of sound depends on the medium through which it is travelling. When travelling through air, the speed of sound is about 330 metres per second (m/s). Sound cannot travel through a vacuum because there are no particles to carry the vibrations.

The ear

The human ear detects sound. Sound waves enter the ear canal and cause the eardrum to


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