Jaxon Hamilton

2022-07-21

Is polarization a property of all electromagnetic waves, or is it unique to visible light? Can sound waves be polarized? What fundamental distinction in wave properties Is involved? Explain.

kuglatid4

Expert

Polarizing the waves is converting it into one direction as it propagates in two directions. The electromagnetic waves are transverse waves which means it vibrate in z and y directions and don't need a medium to propagate. So, the light and all electromagnetic waves could be polarized.
For the sound wave it couldn't be polarized because it isa longitudinal wave and need a medium to propagate which means it vibrate in dot direction. So, the polarizing process couldn't be applied to the sound wave.
Result:
The light and all electromagnetic waves could be polarized while sound wave doesn't.

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