De Broglie Equation


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De Broglie Equation

Postby Caitlin_Murphy_3C » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:42 pm

In class on Friday, Dr. Lavelle introduced the De Broglie Equation to show the relationship between wavelength of any moving object with its mass and velocity. When doing the class examples, I noticed the mass of objects were kept in kilograms. Do all masses need to be in kilograms when using the De Broglie Equation?

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Re: De Broglie Equation

Postby armintaheri » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:04 pm

The equation contains the Planck constant, which is usually given in . So you need to plug in masses in kilograms, otherwise the units won't cancel out properly.

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Re: De Broglie Equation

Postby Kathryn 1F » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:08 pm

Hello!
In equations when you use metric units, people use kilograms instead of grams, just because kg is the standard SI unit for mass, so its what equations are based on.
This is pretty conventional but its because most things we would weigh in the classical sense, like everyday objects, are better suited to being measured in kg.

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Re: De Broglie Equation

Postby SydBenedict2H » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:31 pm

Im slightly confused as to why Kg is the standard SI unit for mass when all of the mole conversions and problems weve been doing thus far have been in grams?

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Re: De Broglie Equation

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:37 pm

Just make sure to be consistent in units. I think kilograms are used because Joules are a more physics-based unit, and physicists like to use kilograms. For example, Newtons are a derived unit in physics that also use kilograms (kg*m*s^-2). Physicists and chemists don't always work in the same magnitudes (e.g. g vs. kg, so just be aware!).

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Re: De Broglie Equation

Postby Luc Lorain 1L » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:48 pm

Pretty much what is posted above. In addition, we've been working with grams quite a bit because molecular weights are typically given in the units grams per mole, allowing for quick stoichiometric conversions.

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Re: De Broglie Equation

Postby Claudia Luong 4K » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:17 pm

Yes, as others have stated before, you should use kg in order to keep consistency since Planck's constant is in kg. I believe that during the lecture, Dr. Lavelle also said we will use kg due to kg being the standard SI unit for mass!


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