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which are characteristics of electromagnetic waves?check all that apply.
travel in straight lines and can bounce off surfaces
travel through space at the speed of light
travel only through matter
travel only through space
can bend around objects
move by particles bumping into each other
move by the interaction between an electric field and a magnetic field
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travel in straight lines and can bounce off surfaces  --> TRUE, normally electromagnetic waves travel in straight lines, however they can be reflected by objects, bouncing off their surfaces

travel through space at the speed of light  --> TRUE, all electromagnetic waves in space (vacuum) travel at the speed of light, [tex]c=3\cdot 10^8 m/s[/tex])

travel only through matter  --> FALSE; electromagnetic waves can also travel through vacuum

travel only through space  --> FALSE, electromagnetic waves can also travel through matter

can bend around objects  --> TRUE, this is what happens for instance when diffraction occurs: electromagnetic waves are bended around obstacles or small slits

move by particles bumping into each other  --> FALSE, electromagnetic waves are oscillations of electric and magnetic fields, so no particles are involved

move by the interaction between an electric field and a magnetic field --> TRUE, electromagnetic waves consist of an electric field and a magnetic field oscillating in a direction perpendicular to the direction of motion of the wave

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