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Experiments Showing the Wave Nature of Subatomic Particles

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Experiments Showing the Wave Nature of Subatomic Particles

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You get 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 how de Broglie\'s experiment shows the wave nature of subatomic particles.
  • Explain how Thomson\'s experiment shows the wave nature of subatomic particles.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What was de Broglie's hypothesis?

~ de Broglie hypothesized that particles could exhibit wave properties.

In the electromagnetic spectrum, what does the wavelength of electrons correspond to?

~ The wavelength of electrons corresponds to X-rays in the electromagnetic spectrum.

What did Thomson obtain when he passed an electron beam through aluminum, gold, and platinum sheets?

~ He obtained a ring-shaped diffraction pattern that resembled the diffraction pattern of

X-rays.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: de Broglie's experiment, Thomson's experiment, and wave nature of subatomic particles.
Course Chemistry
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary de Broglie's experiment, Thomson's experiment, wave nature of subatomic particles