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Wave Nature of Subatomic Particles

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Wave Nature of Subatomic Particles


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You will learn to expand your knowledge of the atom in an exploration of the nature of its parts. Learn about radiation, the dual nature of light, and get an introduction to the world of quantum mechanics.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the wave nature of subatomic particles using de Broglie’s equation.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What did Louis de Broglie prove in 1924?

~ Louis de Broglie proved that photon rays could behave as particles and as waves. LHe used the equation to indicate that all matter possessing velocity and mass will also have a wavelength. He proved this dual nature was also valid for matter, and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1929.

What is unique about Planck's constant in de Broglie's equation?

~ Planck's constant is so small that in order to observe the wavelength, the product of the matter's mass and velocity must also be very small. This can only be observed in subatomic particles with small masses, such as an electron.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have a general understanding of the following terms: de Broglie, particle, and subatomic particles.
Course Chemistry
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary de Broglie, particle, subatomic particles