Circular Standing Waves and electrons


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Ying Yan 1F
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Circular Standing Waves and electrons

Postby Ying Yan 1F » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:07 pm

Can anyone clarify why circlular standing waves around the nucleus illustrates why electrons have qunatized energy states in atoms? Thank you!

Naji Sarsam 1F
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Re: Circular Standing Waves and electrons

Postby Naji Sarsam 1F » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:29 am

The wave model of electrons properly predicts energy levels if electrons are modeled as circular standing waves around the nucleus. This is because all waves--circular or not--have differing energies. However, for a circular standing wave to exist, it must be continuous and have no discontinuities so that it can form a circle. Only certain energies of waves allow for the circular wave to be continuous and have no discontinuities. Most other wave energies would result in a circular wave that is not continuous. Thus, the specific energies which allow for circular standing waves to exist are the "energy levels" of electrons.

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Re: Circular Standing Waves and electrons

Postby Megan_1F » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:25 pm

Thanks for explaining!


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