Meaning of Delta and Uncertainty


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Meaning of Delta and Uncertainty

Postby Brandon Mo 4K » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:05 am

What do the deltas in the Heisenberg Indeterminacy equation mean?

Before I thought it meant "change in", but after going to a UA session, delta meant uncertainty.

If delta means uncertainty, what does uncertainty mean?

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Re: Meaning of Delta and Uncertainty

Postby Chem_Mod » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:33 am

Uncertainty is the extent to which we know or do not know a measurement. For example, we estimate a runner's speed to be 5mph, but we think it might be 4mph or 6mph. The uncertainty in this scenario would be 2mph (delta v = 2) because we are not 100% sure what the speed is.

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Re: Meaning of Delta and Uncertainty

Postby Henry Dudley 1G » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:04 am

Yes it is the range of the area we know that the actual number is in


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