Types of Waves

Types of Waves



Types of Waves

A Wave is a vibratory disturbance that is transmitted through a material or space. Waves propagate from one point to another based on their properties. Each of the waves possess its own property based on its nature. Thus we can classify it in to three types as
  • Electromagnetic wave
  • Mechanical wave
  • Matter Waves.
Let us deal with the types of waves in detail.

Different Types of Waves

Waves can be classified into three types:
  1. Mechanical waves
  2. Electromagnetic waves
  3. Matter waves.
Mechanical Waves act as the propagation of a disturbance through a material medium due to the repeated periodic motion of the particles of the medium about their mean positions, the disturbance being handed over from one particle to the next.

Electromagnetic Waves
are the disturbance, which does not require any material medium for its propagation and can travel even through vacuum. They are caused due to varying electric and magnetic fields.

Matter Waves
are the waves produced in electrons and particles.

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