Stern and Gerlach

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Cindy Adiwidjaja 1B
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Stern and Gerlach

Postby Cindy Adiwidjaja 1B » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:52 pm

I was having a hard time understanding the electron spin. What does spin up and spin down in terms of the physical atom? What is actually happening?

Hannah Pham
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Re: Stern and Gerlach

Postby Hannah Pham » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:00 pm

Spin up and spin down refers to the directions in which the electrons are moving. One electron could be spin up (positive spin) and the other would be spin down (negative spin).

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Re: Stern and Gerlach

Postby ASetlur_1G » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:09 pm

I'm also having a hard time understanding spin. If the electrons aren't actually physically spinning, what's happening? Also, how exactly did they discover spin through the Stern and Gerlach experiment?

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Re: Stern and Gerlach

Postby Cindy Adiwidjaja 1B » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:13 pm

So does that mean that an electron would shift from spin up to spin down, since orbitals are basically circular?


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