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Concept

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 5:51 pm
by Moris 1H
Why is it that we can't know both position and momentum?

Re: Concept

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 7:39 pm
by Jose Lupian 1C
This is because electrons at any given moment aren't in an exact position and direction of movement simultaneously.

Re: Concept

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 7:56 pm
by KateCaldwell 1A
Moris 1H wrote:Why is it that we can't know both position and momentum?

According to the Uncertainith Principle, every particle has a wave associated with it, so it exhibits a wavelike behavior. A particle wave having a well-defined wavelength will be spread out, so the velocity will be precise but not the position. A strictly localized wave has an indeterminate wavelength, so the position is defined and velocity is unknown.