Uncertainty Principle  [ENDORSED]


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mayapartha_1D
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Uncertainty Principle

Postby mayapartha_1D » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:12 pm

Hi!!

I have a question regarding the Uncertainty principle. If given a problem where the momentum uncertainty, for example, is + or - 2, does that mean the uncertainty amount is 4? Or do you have to take into account the value of the momentum?

Thanks!

Janice Xiao 1I
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Re: Uncertainty Principle

Postby Janice Xiao 1I » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:18 pm

The uncertainty amount is 4. You don't need to take into account the actual momentum value.

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Re: Uncertainty Principle

Postby Brandon Fujii 1K » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:38 pm

Also if you use number 1.45 as a practice problem, the solutions manual is incorrect. The actual velocity given is 5.00 5.0m/s
Thus, =10.0m/s NOT 5.0m/s as the solution manual incorrectly states. Therefore, your answer is =6.7x10-37m

Charles Ang 1E
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Re: Uncertainty Principle  [ENDORSED]

Postby Charles Ang 1E » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:29 am

An easy way to remember this is to think of delta v as the change in v like in math. So, we arent concerned with the value of v, but rather the difference between the two limits to its domain.

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Re: Uncertainty Principle

Postby nanditasundarapandian1D » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:23 pm

If it's +/- 4. its easier to write it out like this

(4+4)-(4-4)

Richard Braun 1I
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Re: Uncertainty Principle

Postby Richard Braun 1I » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:57 pm

The uncertainty is 4. If the problem states +/- 2, that means 2 from 0 both ways, added together, gives you four.


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