About Uncertainty in position


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Louise Zhuang
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About Uncertainty in position

Postby Louise Zhuang » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:25 pm

What is the minimum uncertainty in the speed of an electron confined to within a lead atom of diameter 350. pm?
Is the uncertainty in position 350. pm in this problem?

Alyssa Bryan 3F
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Re: About Uncertainty in position

Postby Alyssa Bryan 3F » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:29 pm

The uncertainty in position would be 350. pm, but in order to apply it to the equation you need to convert this to meters so the units will align with one another.

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Re: About Uncertainty in position

Postby Haowen_Liang_3E » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:33 pm

I believe the diameter of the atom is twice of "delta x," it looks like the question wants you to put 1/2 of that diameter into the uncertainty equation in delta x and solve of velocity.

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Re: About Uncertainty in position

Postby Michelle Nwufo 2G » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:35 pm

Haowen_Liang_3E wrote:I believe the diameter of the atom is twice of "delta x," it looks like the question wants you to put 1/2 of that diameter into the uncertainty equation in delta x and solve of velocity.


So, to confirm that I am solving this problem correctly, whenever the diameter is given, that represents the uncertainty in position-delta x? Also why would the problem want you to use only 1/2 of the diameter given?


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