By: Brandon Hensley & Justin Terhorst
September 13, 2016
Born: December 5, 1901
Died: February 1, 1976 at age 74
Studied physics at the University of Munich where he later recieved his Phd.
Werner Heisenberg came up with his uncertainty principle in 1927. The principle was formulated using "thought experiments", or mathematical calculations, due to the tiny scale of the principle's subjects (atomic particles).
Although the principle was formulated in the field of physics, it has far reaching influences in many other areas of study, specifically chemistry.
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle simply stated -
Uncertainty Principle: Simple Overview
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle describes the relationship of an atomic particle's momentum and position.
Mathematically, the uncertainty principle is shown in the image to the left. In the equation, x represents position and p represents momentum.
Planck's Constant, shown to the left, is a mathematical constant in quantum physics that describes the behavior of particles and waves on the atomic scale.
The equation shows that the product of the uncertainties in position and momentum is equal to or greater than the minuscule physical quantity h/2 (Planck's Constant divided by 2).
The product of the uncertainties being greater than h/2 shows that the particle's position and momentum cannot be known at such a small scale.
In the field of chemistry it is vitally important to know certain specifics about an atom and to know how the atomic world works.
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