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What is the difference between mechanical waves and electromagnetic waves?

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01/06/2010

Mechanical Waves:
1.Mechanical waves need a material medium for their propagation.
2.These waves are produced due to the vibrations of the particles of the medium.
3.They have low speed.

Electromagnetic Waves:
1.Electromagnetic waves do not need any material medium for their propagation.
2.They are caused due to change in electric and magnetic fields.
3.They have high speed.