SAT Subject Physics Practice Question 166: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 166

12. Which phenomenon is NOT experienced by sound waves?

A. Reflection
B. Refraction
C. Polarization
D. Diffraction
E. Interference

Correct Answer: C


Only a transverse wave, defined to be a wave in which the oscillation is perpendicular to the direction of wave propagation, can be polarized. Since sound waves are longitudinal, they cannot be polarized.

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