Wave Properties of Electrons

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Ramneet Sandhu 3D
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Wave Properties of Electrons

Postby Ramneet Sandhu 3D » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:56 pm

Does the pattern of a wave (such as constructive or destructive) matter in any problems/questions? Does it affect the properties of the electrons? Thanks!

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Re: Wave Properties of Electrons

Postby aishwarya_atmakuri » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:13 pm

The wave nature of electrons affects the electron's energy levels. Electrons form standing waves and each energy level has to have a whole number of wavelengths for the standing wave to exist. So, the wave property of electrons dictates how there are fixed energy levels for each electron.

Kate Osborne 1H
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Re: Wave Properties of Electrons

Postby Kate Osborne 1H » Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:34 pm

I think Dr. Lavelle used the example of constructive and destructive interference in light waves to illustrate the idea of diffraction so that he could show us that because electrons passing through a crystal show diffraction they have wave-like properties. So if you were asked to explain how electrons show wave properties it would be useful to know!

Nare Arakelian Dis 3E
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Re: Wave Properties of Electrons

Postby Nare Arakelian Dis 3E » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:38 pm

I think I'm still struggling with grasping the difference between diffraction and interference. Can someone please explain?

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