Electromagnetic waves form from the vibrations of electric and magnetic fields. Unlike mechanical waves, electromagnetic waves do not need a medium to propagate, allowing them to travel through air, solids and even outer... More » Science Physics Magnetism

Some characteristics shared by all electromagnetic waves are that they all travel at the speed of light and their transmission does not need a medium. These wave types can also travel through empty spaces. More » Science Physics Optics & Waves

Electromagnetic waves carry electromagnetic energy, also known as electromagnetic radiation, through matter, empty space, momentum and angular momentum. Depending on their frequency and wavelength, electromagnetic waves ... More » Science Physics Optics & Waves
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