electron spin

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electron spin

Postby kevinolvera1j » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:26 pm

How can spin be visualized when thinking of electrons as waves and particles?

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Re: electron spin

Postby Alex Chen 2L » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:37 pm

Electrons, as individual particles, spin and create a small magnetic field by doing so. An electron spinning clockwise is called "spin-up", while an electron spinning counterclockwise is called "spin-down". The two opposite spins also create oppositely charged magnetic fields.

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Re: electron spin

Postby Aadil Rehan 1D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:13 pm

As far as I'm aware, varying spins can be understood as phase-shifts in the sinusoidal wavefunction for electrons.

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Re: electron spin

Postby ZevMarx-Kahn3C » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:25 pm

How much conceptual knowledge of electron spin will we need for the midterm in this class?

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Re: electron spin

Postby Ryan Juncker 3D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:29 pm

Personally, I like to think of electron spin separately from thinking of the wave like properties. It just makes more sense in my head to think of that part along with the particle properties or with the electron configuration. Hope that helps.

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