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1B. 25 7th Edition

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:55 pm
by Mark 1D
Howdy ya'll. 1B.25 states "What is the minimum uncertainty in the speed of an electron confined within a lead atom of diameter 350 pm? Can somebody explain how to obtain the solution please. Thanks

Re: 1B. 25 7th Edition

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:05 pm
by Edward Xie 2E
You use Heisenberg's Indeterminacy Equation:




The question gives the uncertainty in position (delta x) by stating the diameter of the lead atom, 350 pm. To keep it in SI units, it becomes 3.50 x 10^-10 m.

To find the only unknown, delta p (uncertainty in momentum), we plug all known values into the equation and solve:

Delta p = 6.63x10^-34/ (4pi x 3.50x10^-10m)

Once delta p is obtained, plug that value into the equation to get your answer.

Re: 1B. 25 7th Edition

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:37 pm
by Ronald Thompson 1F
Great explanation