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Jamie Lee 1H
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Postby Jamie Lee 1H » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:55 pm

A bowling ball of mass 8.00 kg is rolled down a bowling alley lane at 5.00 +/- 5.0 m/s. What is the minimum uncertainty in its position?
What value would you use as the change in uncertainty?

Jonathan Gong 2H
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Re: 1B 27

Postby Jonathan Gong 2H » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:06 pm

For minimum uncertainty, you would use 5.00 m/s as the velocity of the bowling ball.

TheresaDsilva4A
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Re: 1B 27

Postby TheresaDsilva4A » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:12 pm

1. By Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle:
(uncertainty in momentum)(uncertainty in position) >/= (h)/(4 pi)

2. The given values in this problem allow you to calculate the uncertainty in momentum. Then, using Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, you must solve for the uncertainty in the position.

3. uncertainty in momentum = mass * (uncertainty in velocity) --> You are given that the mass of the bowling ball was 8.00 kg and that the actual speed of the ball was within 5 of 5 m/s. Thus, the uncertainty in velocity = 5 m/s
Now, you simply multiply the mass of the ball by uncertainty in velocity:
uncertainty in momentum = (8 kg) * (5 m/s) = 40 kg * m/s

4. Finally, plug in the uncertainty of momentum calculated in Step 3 into the equation for Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle in Step 1 to find the uncertainty in the position. You should get (uncertainty in position) >/= 1.3 * 10 ^ -36 m. Since the problem asks for the minimum uncertainty in position, your answer is 1.3*10^-36 m.

Hope this helps!


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