Explain how sound is produced by your school bell.
When the school bell vibrates, it forces the adjacent particles in air to vibrate. This disturbance gives rise to a wave and when the bell moves forward, it pushes the air in front of it. This creates a region of high pressures known as compression. When the bell moves backwards, it creates a region of low pressure know as rarefaction. As the bell continues to move forward and backward, it produces a series of compressions and rarefactions. This makes the sound of a bell propagate through air.
Why are sound waves called mechanical waves?
Sound waves force the medium particles to vibrate. Hence, these waves are known as mechanical waves. Sound waves propagate through a medium because of the interaction of the particles present in that medium.
Suppose you and your friend are on the moon. Will you be able to hear any sound produced by your friend?
Sound needs a medium to propagate. Since the moon is devoid of any atmosphere, you cannot hear any sound on the moon.