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Which statement correctly distinguishes between mechanical and electromagnetic waves? Electromagnetic waves carry energy through matter; mechanical waves carry energy through space. Mechanical waves carry energy through matter; electromagnetic waves carry energy through space. Electromagnetic waves carry energy through particles that move up and down; mechanical waves carry energy through particles that move side to side. Mechanical waves carry energy through particles that move up and down; electromagnetic waves carry energy through particles that move side to side.

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The statement that correctly distinguishes between mechanical and electromagnetic waves is: "Mechanical waves carry energy through matter; electromagnetic waves carry energy through space." Mechanical waves need a medium to propagate, therefore they can only carry energy through matter. Electromagnetic is not limited by vacuum, therefore they can carry energy through space.

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