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Posted by on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 11:14am.

Do P waves travel faster through gas, liquids, or solids??
I couldn't find the answer in my book OR the internet.
Some smart person, please search your brain and help me out!!
Thanks :)

  • Science - , Monday, January 23, 2012 at 11:32am

    P-waves are compressional waves, and in gases and liquids, that speed is the "speed of sound". The speed depends upon the specific chemical compound. Gases will in general be the slowest, on average. Solids will be the fastest, but there are overlapping ranges.

    This table of sound speeds of different material should be helpful:

    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/tables/soundv.html

  • Science - , Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:18am

    Thanks. I forgot to come back here to check, and asked my mom for help... she looked at my book, and helped me out. My book didn't give me the EXACT answer, but it kinda pointed towards solids. I got it right. :)

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