Roughly speaking, classical physics is split into two major, seemingly unrelated, branches: (1)  Classical mechanics, pioneered in the 17th century by Newton, which describes the motion of particles, and (2) The classical theory of electromagnetism, brought to completion in the 19th century  by Maxwell, which, among other things, describes electromagnetic radiation in terms of waves. 

[www.umich.edu/~gevalab/Geva/lecture/chem461/Chapter1.pdf]

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