What does the equation actually show?


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Erik Buetow 1F
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What does the equation actually show?

Postby Erik Buetow 1F » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:47 am

Does the Heisenberg Indeterminacy Equation represent a true answer to a problem or is it rather simply showing how varied your answers could be in relation to the actual answer of what you are trying to find?

Destiny_Ryales_3J
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Re: What does the equation actually show?

Postby Destiny_Ryales_3J » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:31 am

I believe the second part of your question is the correct assumption to make.

Ashley Tran 2I
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Re: What does the equation actually show?

Postby Ashley Tran 2I » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:41 am

We won't really be using the Heisenberg Indeterminacy Equation to do calculations. It is rather to explain that electron(s) can't be located inside the nucleus of an atom, there is a physical limit to the minimum size that atoms can exist, and furthermore, that electrons must have wavelike properties and that we can never precisely pinpoint the position and momentum of an electron. This gives rise to Schrondinger's Wave Function Equation that can tell us the probability of finding electrons at certain energy levels.

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Re: What does the equation actually show?

Postby Lauren Tanaka 1A » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:00 am

The Heisenberg Indeterminacy Equation is used to figure out where the location of an electron could be in an atom. The calculation compares the change in momentum and position of the electron and compares that number to the speed of light.


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