Wave like properties

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Wave like properties

Postby Claire_Kim_2F » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:41 pm

I was rewatching todays lecture and when Lavelle was discussing whether or not the car displayed wave like properties I got confused. How do you know if something displays wave like properties?

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Re: Wave like properties

Postby Audrey Han 3L » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:57 pm

Essentially all things with a mass and momentum have wavelike properties, but we cannot detect wavelike properties of objects that have a large mass, like the car example. If the object is small like an electron or proton, then the wavelike properties are detectable.

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Re: Wave like properties

Postby JonathanSung_2G » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:43 pm

Hi! Objects with wavelength properties are extremely small and are classified under quantum mechanics. Larger objects ranging from a baseball to a car are classified under classical mechanics. Classical objects do not exhibit wavelength properties. I believe that if the wavelength calculated is 10^-10m or more, then the wavelengths are detectable. However, when the wavelength is much less, say 10^-30m, then the waves are insignificant and the object cannot be considered to have wavelength properties. Hope this helps!

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Re: Wave like properties

Postby Lea Ozdere 2G » Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:43 am

Dr. Lavelle said that if the wavelength is less than 10^-15m, then the wavelength properties are not detectable.

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Re: Wave like properties

Postby Vanshika Bhushan 1A » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:46 pm

Large objects like a car fall under classical mechanics, which means you can not observe wave-like properties. Objects with small masses can be observed to have wave-like properties. Anyhting less than 10^-15 m can not be measured either.

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