Heisenberg Indeterminacy Equation

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Nicole Jakiel 4F
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Heisenberg Indeterminacy Equation

Postby Nicole Jakiel 4F » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:26 am

Can anyone clarify what the Heisenberg Indeterminacy Equation actually tells us?

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Re: Heisenberg Indeterminacy Equation

Postby Elaine Pham 2E » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:45 am

The Heisenberg Indeterminacy Equation basically tells us that we can't know 100% what both the momentum and position of a particle, such as an electron, is at one point in time, aka there is a limit on the accuracy to which the momentum and position of a particle can be known simultaneously. The actual equation (which we do not need to know how to derive) gives us how uncertain/indeterminate we are in knowing either the momentum or position of a particle. So, for instance, if delta p, which represents the indeterminacy in momentum, is very low, then that means we have a very accurate idea, or can very closely determine, what the momentum is of the particle we are studying.

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