Does sound travel faster through a solid, a liquid, or a gas? Explain please. - question from Patrice
This question that we previously answered on the speed of sound should answer
your question as well. The second and third paragraphs, in particular, address the differences in the speed of
sound through different substances. The quick answer is that the more densely packed the molecules of a substance
are, the faster sound will travel through that substance. Therefore, sound travels fastest through a solid and
slowest through a gas.
- answer by Jeff Scott, 15 September 2002