Asked Oct 16, 2019

Explain why light was thought to be a form of electromagnetic wave.


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There were many experiments that were conducted on lights, like diffraction and interference.

Also, the light shows so many characteristics which are those of electromagnetic waves.

Step 2

The properties which are similar in electromagnetic waves and light are:

Like all electromagnetic waves light can travel in a vacuum.

Also light has a transverse nature.

Step 3

The transverse nature of light shows that electric and magnetic waves travel perpendicular to its propagation. ...

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