What does sound travel fastest through?
The speed of sound depends on the medium in which it is transported. Sound travels fastest through solids, slower through liquids and slowest through gases.
What state of matter do sound waves travel fastest through?
Of the three phases of matter (gas, liquid, and solid), sound waves travel the slowest through gases, faster through liquids, and fastest through solids.
Why do sound waves travel fastest through solids?
Because they are so close, than can collide very quickly, i.e. it takes less time for a molecule of the solid to ‘bump’ into its neighborough. Solids are packed together tighter than liquids and gases, hence sound travels fastest in solids. The distances in liquids are shorter than in gases, but longer than in solids.
Does sound travel fastest through a solid liquid or gas?
Liquids molecules are not packed as tightly as solids. And gases are very loosely packed. The spacing of the molecules enables sound to travel much faster through a solid than a gas. Sound travels about 4 times faster and farther in water than it does in air.