Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 30 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 2

Answer

Discrete means unconnected and distinct. Other energy states don’t overlap with it; there is a minimum spacing between each energy state and the ones next to it.

Work Step by Step

As an analogy, whole numbers are discrete, occurring in steps of 1, but real numbers (those represented by decimals) are continuous, with numbers arbitrarily close to one another. This is discussed on page 564.
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