## Momentum

$\Delta p \Delta x\geq \frac{h}{4\pi }$

Elyssa Smith 4B
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### Momentum

I'm not familiar with momentum. In the Heisenberg equation will we ever have to solve for momentum or will it be given?

A Raab 1K
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### Re: Momentum

Momentum is the mass of an object times velocity, or p = m * v. So yes, we might have to solve for momentum for Heisenberg's equation.

Maia_Jackson_2C
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### Re: Momentum

Momentum is also important because some small objects may not have a measurable mass, but they have momentum, so we can still use the equation for them because of momentum.

Leila_4G
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### Re: Momentum

I still don't understand why delta v is equal to the +/- number attached to the velocity when the velocity is given. It seems like it should be twice the value of the number that is +/-, but my TA told be explicitly that it is not.

005391550
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### Re: Momentum

we only want the possible variance of the velocity. it does seem like it should be twice the number to cover the range but it's just suppose to be the +/- value, not sure why

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### Re: Momentum

Delta V is the uncertainty of its position. So for example, if in the given we have 10 m/s +- 1m/s, the delta V would be 1. It's 1 and not 2 because a particle can't go in two directions at once.

Shrayes Raman
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### Re: Momentum

Moment or p (not actually p but looks like it!) is a product of mass and velocity. Its possible to encounter a question where this might be asked for. However, from what I have seen the velocity part is more important. That's also what leads to momentum uncertainty.

Megan_1F
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### Re: Momentum

We most likely will have to calculate momentum to solve for position or wavelength.