# What is oscillating in an electromagnetic wave?

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Electromagnetic wave consists of oscillating electric and magnetic fields. Electric and magnetic fields oscillate perpendicular to each other and propagate in the direction perpendicular to both. Electric and magnetic fields can exist anywhere.

## Why do electromagnetic waves oscillate?

A charge oscillates. It creates a changing electric field, which induces changing magnetic field which in turn induces changing electric field, and so on. This whole phenomenon spreads out in space and that is called as ‘Electromagnetic radiations’. So, you see, the radiations themselves do not oscillate.

## What does oscillating electric mean?

Electronic oscillation is a repeating cyclical variation in voltage or current in an electrical circuit, resulting in a periodic waveform. … The recurrence may be in the form of a varying voltage or a varying current. The waveform may be sinusoidal or some other shape when its magnitude is plotted against time.

## What is oscillating electric and magnetic field?

Electromagnetic waves consist of both electric and magnetic field waves. These waves oscillate in perpendicular planes with respect to each other, and are in phase. The creation of all electromagnetic waves begins with an oscillating charged particle, which creates oscillating electric and magnetic fields.

## How does an oscillating electron generates an electromagnetic field?

The vibrating motion of the atoms causes the cloud of electrons to oscillate and this oscillation generates electromagnetic radiation. Since all electromagnetic radiation travels at the same velocity the frequency and wavelength of the generated radiation depends on the frequency of the oscillating electron cloud.

## What is an oscillating dipole?

Electric Dipole Radiation in Free Space. The most important source of electromagnetic radiation is arguably the oscillating electric dipole. When the current density in a localized source oscillates harmonically with angular frequency , it has an electric dipole moment of the form where is the complex amplitude.

## How are the oscillating magnetic and electric fields of an electromagnetic wave positioned relative to each other?

The electric field and magnetic field of an electromagnetic wave are perpendicular (at right angles) to each other. They are also perpendicular to the direction of the EM wave.

## How are electromagnetic waves that are produced by oscillating charges and sound waves?

Electromagnetic waves are created by oscillating charges (which radiate whenever accelerated) and have the same frequency as the oscillation. Since the electric and magnetic fields in most electromagnetic waves are perpendicular to the direction in which the wave moves, it is ordinarily a transverse wave.