Which Equation Do We Never Use for Light?  [ENDORSED]

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Which Equation Do We Never Use for Light?

Postby Adam Yaptangco 1D » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:27 pm

During Friday's lecture about quantum mechanics, Dr. Lavelle said we should never use a certain equation for light. What is the equation and in what instances do we use it?

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Re: Which Equation Do We Never Use for Light?

Postby Alma Flores 1D » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:37 pm

Dr. Lavelle said that de Broglie's Equation ( lambda=h/p) doesn't apply to light because it measures objects with mass and photons do not have mass.

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Re: Which Equation Do We Never Use for Light?  [ENDORSED]

Postby Marisol Sanchez - 1E » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:42 pm

The equation he said to never use for light was wavelength (lambda) = h(planck's constant)/p(momentum). This is Debroglie's equation and it should be used with any other particles, including atoms, molecules, etc. Just not with light. It basically is meant to suggest that other substances besides light and photons are capable of emitting wavelike properties and we can use this equation to prove it. That's why we should not use it with light because there is nothing to prove regarding whether light does or does not have wavelike properties, we know it does already.

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Re: Which Equation Do We Never Use for Light?

Postby Rummel Requerme 1E » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:17 pm

Lavelle said not to use the deBroglie Equation in regards to light.

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