∆P and ∆X

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Jonathan Marcial Dis 1K
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∆P and ∆X

Postby Jonathan Marcial Dis 1K » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:51 pm

I was very confused on when to use Delta P and Delta X. Can someone help explain that?

Solene Poulhazan
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Re: ∆P and ∆X

Postby Solene Poulhazan » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:06 pm

For which formula do we need to use ∆P and ∆X in?

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Re: ∆P and ∆X

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:07 pm

You see them in the Heisenberg Uncertainty equation. and are uncertainties in momentum and uncertainty in the position.

Lily Emerson 1I
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Re: ∆P and ∆X

Postby Lily Emerson 1I » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:13 pm

I find it easier to think of them more like values with margins of error, so delta P and delta X are ranges of values where the true value is somewhere in the interval.

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Re: ∆P and ∆X

Postby Harmonie Ahuna-1C » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:23 pm

Specifically, deltaP is the uncertainty in momentum and deltaX is uncertainty in position of something. These allow us to estimate how big or small our uncertainty about either one of these is. For example, 3 x 10^(5) has a larger uncertainty than 3 x 10^(-29). We can also use Heisenberg's to find the uncertainty in velocity (deltaV) from deltaP.

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Re: ∆P and ∆X

Postby Madeleine Farrington 1B » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:32 pm

Interesting to note that in the Heisenberg principle, because these two values (∆P and ∆X) multiplied together must be less than a constant
if either uncertainty is very small, than the other uncertainty must be very big. This can help on homework and tests when making predictions about what your calculated answer should look like.

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