Velocity of Propagation

What Does Velocity of Propagation Mean?

Velocity of propagation is a measure of how fast a signal travels over time, or the speed of the transmitted signal as compared to the speed of light.


In computer technology, the velocity of propagation of an electrical or electromagnetic signal is the speed of transmission through a physical medium such as a coaxial cable or optical fiber.

Techopedia Explains Velocity of Propagation

There is also a direct relation between velocity of propagation and wavelength. Velocity of propagation is often stated either as a percentage of the speed of light or as time-to distance.


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