Circular Standing Waves

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Circular Standing Waves

Postby Jasmine Emtage-1J » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:32 pm

I'm a little confused as to what Dr. Lavelle meant by electrons being in circular standing waves, is that just describing the discrete energy levels of electrons?

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Re: Circular Standing Waves

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:46 pm

Yes, he was relating it to how discrete energy levels of electrons in the atom can be viewed from a wave description.

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Re: Circular Standing Waves

Postby victoriatanaka1C » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:51 pm

Electrons move around their nucleus in a cloud, so if we think of them moving in a perfect circle (the standing waves oscillating around the circle), there has to be a specific number of wavelengths to fit perfectly in a circle. Because there has to be a specific number of wavelengths around the circle that is dependent on one specific wavelength, the energy levels therefore have to be specific.


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