Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 6 - Electronic Structure of Atoms - Additional Exercises: 6.96


The use of "Heisenberg Compensator" while beaming down people in the TV series Star Trek is direct use of implication of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. The transporter beam imagined in the series must convert person into subatomic particles and hurled through space at the speed near to the speed of light. When the particles reach the desired location they are assembled to retrieve the person back. However, subatomic particles follow the uncertainty principle. According to the principle, simultaneous determination of position and momentum for subatomic particles is inaccurate. If the "Heisenberg Compensator" is not used all the particles may not arrive in the same location due to inherent uncertainty and assembling of the person will be impossible.

Work Step by Step

-Review the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle -Understand the implication of the principle -Use the implication of inter-convertibility of mass and energy
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