Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 31 - Think and Explain: 54

Answer

h = zero.

Work Step by Step

The size of a quantum of light energy is hf. If the discretized energy of light were to instead become continuous, that would be akin to taking the limit as h approached zero. In the same way, the de Broglie wavelength of massive particles, h/p, would also become zero. In short, in a world with no quantum effects, Planck’s constant h would be zero.
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