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Nov1612, 03:30 PM

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I have read many sources about quantum numbers and I know they have to do with the spin or types of particles in a hadron or boson, but I do not understand how spin could calculated or what it means. There was also something that had symbols that were like, p2, k4, f3...
I just don't understand this and wikipedia isn't helping Would love to learn more, dbmorpher 


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Nov1612, 03:52 PM

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hi dbmorpher!
quantum spin doesn't realy have an exact analogue to classical spin however, i personally like to think of the quantum numbers as being like the possible vibrations of a sphere (like the sun) … it can pulse in and out sphericallyeach possible mode of vibration corresponds to a spherical harmonic which in turn corresponds to quantum numbers so i personally think of different but related particles as being the same particle vibrating in different ways here's a pretty diagram from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_harmonics … (and for what it's worth, here's an unhelpfully detailed description of mine … http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...75&postcount=5) 


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Nov1612, 04:10 PM

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Okay thank you



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