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Value of Delta X

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:11 am
by Jasmine Reddy DIS 1E
For our purposes, will the value of delta X always be the diameter of the atom?

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:56 am
by Reva Kakaria 1J
When we're given ∆x, it's usually the diameter of an atom, but one of the problems in the book uses diameter of a nanoparticle. I think in general we will be given some sort of diameter.

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:20 pm
by Laura Gong 3H
Sometimes the question with give you a plus/minus value for deltaX (say +/-5) which means you have to double that value (deltaX=10) before plugging it into the equation.

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:25 pm
by Lia Inadomi 1I
Yesterday at office hours the TA said delta X should be in meters

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:34 pm
by Jasmine Chow 1F
The delta x in the equation is usually in meters and is often what is solved for or given. If it is in pm you would need to convert it to m so you can solve the problem.

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:59 pm
by Madeera_Mian_3B
I agree with the previous replies, delta x is usually in meters (m). Delta x describes the position, sometimes the problem gives it as a radius which is the same thing as the position.

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:48 pm
by Imelda Mena 3I
So if the radius is given that is the electron's uncertainty in position? Or do we have to multiple it by 2 so it can be the diameter?

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:53 am
by Brandon Mo 4K
I think we would have to multiply the radius by 2 to get the diameter. We want delta x to be the full range of where the electron could be.

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:35 am
by Charles Gu 1D
Delta X is usually the diameter in meters. If it is given in radius you should use that in meters.

Re: Value of Delta X

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:34 pm
by Camille 4I
In the question 1b28, the diameter is given as 2.00x10^2 nm. Should I use 2.00x10^-7 meters for the diameter for delta X?