I'm very new to physics. I studied and read about quantum mechanics and what the assumptions are (wave particle duality, uncertainty principle, observation, wave function collapse, etc.), but I also have been reading about electromagnetism.
I have several questions about electromagnetism (electromagnetic radiation) and quantum mechanics.
The oscillating electromagnetic wave, why is the wave oscillating between electric and magnetic waves? Is the photon creating the electric field and then it is creating the magnetic field? How specifically does the wave works in simple terms? Why don't the photon or the electron in the wave just go outside the wave and what is holding them together to form a wave? This is more classical electromagnetic wave question.
When reading about quantum mechanics, there is always talk of uncertainty of finding the electron, but it seems to contradict the electromagnetic wave? The wave is in predictable places and is oscillating between electric and magnetic field (nicely)? How is the nice fluid electromagnetic radiation wave interpreted in quantum mechanics? Is there any contradiction? In other words I don't see the craziness of quantum mechanics being seen or applied to electromagnetic wave? Am I missing something?
Thank you for your answer. I'm just trying to understand the classical electrodynamics in quantum mechanical uncertainty-way. I'm looking for a simple answer for quite a newbie and any pointers for further reading of the fundamentals of electromagnetic wave being reconciled with the quantum superposition.