Particle-Wave Duality

Try to show students that the fundamental form of matter is energy. Then that this can be represented as particles with mass or as waves (wave functions). Link to YouTube Video: Particles and Waves

Then try to show them that we use the model particle/wave that best helps us understand different phenomena. In class you can do this by asking questions about wave mechanics in particle terms. eg. If a 2s orbital has a node how can the electron pass across it? Then explain to them the limitations and advantages of each approach.

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