An acoustic wave basically is a mechanical oscillation of pressure that travels through a medium like solid, liquid, gas, or plasma in a periodic wave pattern transmitting energy from one point to another in the medium. The sound waves are generated by a sound source, such as the vibrating diaphragm of a stereo speaker. The sound source creates vibrations in the surrounding medium. This is well-known that air is a fluid. Mechanical waves in air can only be longitudinal in nature; and therefore, all sound waves traveling through air must be longitudinal waves originating in the transmission form of compression and rarefaction from vibrating matter in the medium. The propagation of sound in absence of any material medium is always impossible. Therefore, sound does not travel through the vacuum of outer space, since there is nothing to carry the vibrations from a source to a receiver.

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