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Locating an Electron

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Aug 31, 2015 | 8:43 PM EDT

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In quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle, also known as Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, is any of a variety of mathematical inequalities asserting a fundamental limit to the precision with which certain pairs of physical properties of a particle, known as complementary variables, such as position x and momentum p, can be known simultaneously.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

That is kinda true. Loved the cartoon. I thought it was a hoot. On the whole quantum front, the way it was explained to me at great length was that while both can be know, to fully have one either p or x the other is sacrificed. Think of it like this, the experimenter is part of the system and when a measurement is taken the other is destroyed. Once a detector for position is in place, the ground state of the electron is perturbed indefinitely. Similarly can be stated for knowing the momentum absolutely. Once found the location is sacked. Both can not be known with absolution and high accuracy lest Heisenburg's uncertainty is proven false. The whole sqrt of the errors must be greater than or equal to 1 thing. As I recall from like 10 yr ago. Not trying to whiz in your wheaties. Good work though.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Nicely done. Though to be fair, I saw more than one electron on the screen.

MadMonkee responds:

Are you sure those weren't quarks? :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

That's fucking hilarious. I'd like to see your explanation for the Pauli Exclusion Principle.