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ERIC Number: EJ891972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Teaching Quantum Physics without Paradoxes
Hobson, Art
Physics Teacher, v45 n2 p96-99 Feb 2007
Although the resolution to the wave-particle paradox has been known for 80 years, it is seldom presented. Briefly, the resolution is that material particles and photons are the quanta of extended spatially continuous but energetically quantized fields. But because the resolution resides in quantum field theory and is not usually spelled out in ordinary language, it is neither generally understood nor generally taught, especially not in the context of nonrelativistic quantum physics. The purpose of this paper is to provide that resolution and to suggest that we teach introductory quantum physics from this viewpoint.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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