# Why is light acting wavelike ?

• meyol99
In summary, light is a wave because it follows the behavior described by Maxwell's equations for electromagnetic fields. There are many detailed explanations available on this topic, but physics may not be able to provide a definitive answer for why light behaves as a wave.
meyol99
Why is the light moving throuh space like a wave ? Is there any article that says WHY ?

Mevludin Licina said:
Why is the light moving throuh space like a wave ? Is there any article that says WHY ?
Light acts wavelike because it is a wave. If you look at Maxwell's equations for the behavior of electrical and magnetic fields, one of the solutions is electromagnetic waves propagating through space - and these waves are the thing that we call light.

Googling for "Maxwell's equations light" will find many detailed explanations, and of course this is all standard fare in the first year of college physics.

davenn
Physics is good at answering "how" - not so good for "why".

## 1. What is the nature of light?

Light is an electromagnetic wave that is propagated through space and carries energy. It is also referred to as a particle or a photon due to its dual nature.

## 2. Why is light considered to be a wave?

Light is considered to be a wave because it displays all the characteristics of a wave, such as wavelength, frequency, and interference patterns. It can also be diffracted and polarized, which are properties of waves.

## 3. How does light behave like a wave?

Light behaves like a wave because it can be described by the wave equation and exhibits properties such as interference and diffraction. It also has a characteristic frequency and wavelength, just like other types of waves.

## 4. What causes light to exhibit wavelike behavior?

Light exhibits wavelike behavior due to its electromagnetic nature. This means that light is made up of electric and magnetic fields that oscillate perpendicular to each other and to the direction of the wave's propagation.

## 5. Is light always wavelike?

Yes, light is always wavelike in nature. However, it can also exhibit particle-like behavior in certain situations, such as the photoelectric effect. This is known as the wave-particle duality of light.

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