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Sunday, September 2, 2012

What is wave motion?

Wave motion, in general refers to transfer of energy from one point to other point of medium.

For transfer of energy through a medium, the medium must possess the properties of
i) Elasticity ii) Inertia & iii) Negligible frictional resistance

and now the question is what propagates in wave motion?

It is not the matter that is propagated but it is only state of motion of matter that is propagated.
It may be said that in wave motion momentum and energy are transferred or propagated.