# What can S waves travel through?

## What can S waves travel through?

S-waves are shear waves, which move particles perpendicular to their direction of propagation. They can propagate through solid rocks because these rocks have enough shear strength. The shear strength is one of the forces that hold the rock together, preventing it from falling into pieces. Liquids lack shear strength.

## What kind of waves can travel through a liquid?

P-waves travel through liquids and gases as well as through solids. Although liquids and gases have zero rigidity, they have compressibility, which enables them to transmit P-waves.

Can S waves travel through gas?

Shear waves cannot travel in liquids or gases — so, for example, S waves don’t travel through the ocean or through the outer core.

Can S waves travel through both liquids and solids?

S-waves can only move through solids. This is because liquids and gases don’t resist changing shape.

### Can only travel through solids and liquids?

P waves can travel through solids, liquids and gases. 5. S- waves can only move through solids. Based on the orientation of particle motion and direction of energy, there are three categories: Mechanical waves.

### What layers of the earth can S-waves travel through?

An S wave is slower than a P wave and can only move through solid rock, not through any liquid medium. It is this property of S waves that led seismologists to conclude that the Earth’s outer core is a liquid.

Which set of waves are the S waves?

There are two types of seismic waves, primary waves and secondary waves. Primary waves, also known as P waves or pressure waves, are longitudinal compression waves similar to the motion of a slinky (SF Fig. 7.1 A). Secondary waves, or S waves, are slower than P waves.

Why do S waves travel in solid only?

S-waves can travel only through solids, because only solids have rigidity. S-waves cannot travel through liquids or gases. Because the earth’s mantle becomes more rigid as its depth below the asthenosphere increases, S-waves travel faster as they go deeper in the mantle.

## Why can P waves travel through liquids?

Which wave passes through solids liquids and gases?

P waves
Explanation: P waves travel through solids, liquids, and gases. S waves travel through solids only. L waves travel from focus directly upward to the epicenter.

Which wave can transmitted through solid liquid and gas?

S-waves
S-waves are transverse, seismic waves. These waves have both electrical and magnetic properties and can travel through gases, liquids, solids, and through empty space (or a vacuum) at nearly 300,000 kilometers per second (the speed of light).

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