Why is electromagnetic radiation a transverse wave?
Because the direction of displacement is perpendicular to the direction of wave travel.
An electromagnetic wave travels in a wave shape, with peaks and troughs like an ocean wave.
The displacement or amplitude is how far the particle is from the initial starting position, or for an ocean wave how far above or below the sea level the water is.
In a transverse wave the displacement is perpendicular (at an angle of
Electromagnetic waves are also transverse waves because the direction of particle displacement is also perpendicular to the direction of movement, producing the waveform of visible light, and other types of electromagnetic radiation.
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