Quantum Physics - Unit Summary
16 lessons, 1 hour each
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Lesson 5 – Particles acting as waves and guest research scientist
After these lessons students will be able to:
- Understand that particles can also behave as waves.
- Describe how electrons can generate diffraction patterns.
- Demonstrate an understanding of some current research challenges in the field of Quantum Physics.
- All matter can exhibit wave like behaviour.
- Matter waves (or de Broglie waves) have been experimentally confirmed for small elementary particles (electrons) and even small molecules.
- To provide students with insights into the cutting edge research being undertaken in an area of Quantum physics by the guest researcher.
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Welcome students to this lesson and encourage several of the students to introduce themselves to the class.
Investigation – Teacher introduces the students to the experimental evidence that confirms that particles also exhibit a wave nature. See the key ideas in Prezi L5.1 De Broglie waves. Resources
Discussion – Teacher introduces the expert guest speaker and their field of research. The common format is for the guest to provide a short prepared presentation Activity (5.2) to the students and teacher followed by questions.
Reflection – Students invited to comment on what they found to be the most interesting and challenging questions raised by the presentation.
Collaboration – Teacher introduces a discussion about the uncertainty principle. This discussion is supplemented through the use of YouTube One minute physics clips, What is the uncertainty principle and Schrodinger’s cat. Resources