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Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:11 am
What does it mean for something to be quantized?
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:13 am
Something that is quantized can only have discrete values or quantities of something. In our case, that would be energy.
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:54 am
When you say "discrete values" does that mean it can only have one value at a time or just a small range of values?
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:12 am
I think what JT means by discrete values are values that are of existence; it can't be something like infinity or an imaginary number like i, but rather a number that we can quantify in numerical values.
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:30 am
Additionally, in the case of the energy levels of electrons being quantized, it means that they have to have the energy at a distinct level, ie. n=1 or n=2, and cannot have levels of energy between those distinct levels.
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:06 pm
In our case, the thing being quantized is energy. When energy is quantized, energy is packaged into small discrete packets of energy called quanta.