Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321809246
ISBN 13: 978-0-32180-924-7

Chapter 7 - Sections 7.1-7.6 - Exercises - Review Questions: 18

Answer

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is the principle stating that due to the wave-particle duality, it is fundamentally impossible to precisely determine both the position and velocity of a particle at a given moment in time. Heisenberg solved the paradox of how a particle can be both a particle and a wave.

Work Step by Step

By introducing complementarity, an electron is observed as either a particle or a wave, but never both at once.
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