Mechanical waves and matter waves are types of waves. The basic difference between mechanical and matter waves is that mechanical waves required a medium for propagation such as sound waves, while matter waves are the waves that contain information about the particles, these waves also known as de Broglie waves.
The waves which required any medium for their propagation are called mechanical waves.
Examples of mechanical waves
- Sound waves
- Water waves
- Vibration of string
- Waves produced on the surface of liquid and solid.
- Ultrasonic waves
- Spring waves
- Slinky waves
mechanical waves properties
- These waves required a medium for propagation or to travel.
- Their speed depends on the medium in which it travels.
- They are produced when the part of medium oscillates and enforce the adjacent regions to oscillate also, in this way energy is propagated.
Matter wave is the mathematical abstract function which is associated with the particle. It is not a wave, it contains information about particles. Matter waves are also called De Broglie waves.
Matter waves examples
- waves associated with electron
- waves associated with ball