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Yun Su Choi 3G
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Postby Yun Su Choi 3G » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:21 pm

I know this problem wasn't assigned, but if anyone did it, I'd like to check answers.

What is the minimum uncertainty in the position of a hydrogen atom in a particle accelerator given that its speed is known to within +- 5.0m/s?
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Halle Villalobos 3E
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Re: 1B.26

Postby Halle Villalobos 3E » Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:17 pm

Hi! First we rearrange Heisenberg's indeterminacy equation to . Plugging in our known values gives us which results in a minimum uncertainty in position of 3.1 nm. I hope this helps!

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Re: 1B.26

Postby Olivia Yang 3J » Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:21 pm

So the velocity uncertainty is 10? What if the value was given as 10 +- 0.04? What would be the velocity uncertainty then?

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Re: 1B.26

Postby rhettfarmer-3H » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:33 pm

Olivia Yang 1D wrote:So the velocity uncertainty is 10? What if the value was given as 10 +- 0.04? What would be the velocity uncertainty then?

If the values was 10+- .04 then our uncertainty would be the difference in the .04 *2 (for both postive and negative). Hence the uncertainty in the velocity would be .08. The initial velocity has nothing to do with uncertainty the uncertainty is just the change in velocity due to error in-measurement


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