Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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Chapter 27 - Early Quantum Theory and Models of the Atom - Questions: 15

Answer

We say such things because an electron sometimes behaves like a wave and at other times, like a particle.

Work Step by Step

Experiments involving diffraction and interference of electrons demonstrate the wave characteristics of electrons. Experiments such bending electrons’ paths by magnetic fields, or the Compton effect, demonstrate the particle characteristics of electrons. An electron is not just a wave or just a particle, but shows properties of each.
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