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Can the movement of an object or particle through space be considered continuous?

  1. Feb 20, 2012 #1
    or is space itseld quantized meaning an object moving from a to b
    would in some way look like A \/\/\/\/\0/\/\/\/ B

    or is it smooth and continuous like A--------0------B

    ?
     
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  3. Feb 20, 2012 #2

    Pythagorean

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    We aren't sure yet; some modern theories lean towards quantized. Of course, theres no huge problems taking it as continuous for classical systems.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2012 #3

    phinds

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    As Pythagorean said, nobody knows, but it's a commonly asked question and if you do a forum search you'll find a lot of discussion on it (the bottom line of which is, of course, nobody knows)
     
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  5. Feb 20, 2012 #4
    Space is currently modeled as continuous. There are hypothesis that quantizing it may lead to better models, but that idea is still being worked on.
     
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