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 - Exercises - Page 251: 6.51a


The uncertainty in position of the mosquito is $\Delta x\ge3.515\times10^{-27}m$.

Work Step by Step

*The Heisenberg's uncertainty principle formula: $$\Delta x\times\Delta(mv)\ge\frac{h}{4\pi}$$ $\Delta x$: the uncertainty in position $\Delta(mv)$: the uncertainty in momentum $h$: Planck's constant ($h=6.626\times10^{-34}J.s$) 1) Find the known variables - Mass of the mosquito: $m=1.50mg=1.5\times10^{-6}kg$ - The uncertainty in velocity: $\Delta v=0.01m/s$ Since we only have the uncertainty in velocity, the uncertainty in momentum $\Delta(mv)=m\Delta v$ 2) Calculate the uncertainty in position $\Delta x\ge\frac{h}{4\pi m\Delta v}=\frac{6.626\times10^{-34}}{4\pi\times(1.5\times10^{-6})\times0.01}\approx3.515\times10^{-27}m$
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