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2010-03-27 09:43:38

Here are some differences between mechanical and electromagnetic waves.

  • Mechanical waves can be either transverse or longitudinal. Electromagnetic waves are only transverse waves.
  • Mechanical waves require a material medium to propagate. Thy can only travel in solids, liquids and gases. Electromagnetic waves do not require any medium. They can travel in vacuum also.
  • Electromagnetic waves travel at the speed of light. Mechanical waves travel at much slower speeds.
  • Mechanical waves propagate by the vibration of molecules of the medium. Electromagnetic waves travel by the oscillations of the electrical and magnetic vectors of a photon.
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