# Difference b/w a wave and a particle?

• prisat
In summary, the conversation is about the Young's double slit experiment and the difference between a wave and a particle. The speaker has done some research and understands a particle as something that exists at one point in time, while a wave is a disturbance created in a medium. They are confused about how a single atom can behave like a wave and exhibit a wavy pattern in the experiment. They are seeking clarification on this concept.

#### prisat

Hi Guys..

I have read about young's double slit experiment where it is shown that electron behaves both as a wave and as a particle. I am stuck at a basic point there. !st of all what is the difference between a wave and a particle.
Can anyone tell me in basic terms..

Have you done any research on your own? Have you even looked up the definition of each? If you have and you have specific questions about what you have found that's one thing, otherwise you don't seem to be putting much effort into this.

davenn
@phinds, First of all don't jump to any conclusions by just reading a small paragraph written by that person. Just look at it from top level without any judgments.
That's what this forum is all about.

Second of all..Yes, I have done some research. I understand particle as that which exists in space at one particular point of time.
But as far as wave is concerned, definitions say that its a disturbance created in the medium when a particle moves from one point to another.
If we observe the pattern of the disturbance, it wavy in nature.
But i am stuck at a point , rather confused with the definition of a wave when I read about double slit experiment. I don't get the point where they say when single atom is send from two slits, it behaves like a wave. I get that a single atom converts into multiple atoms when there is no observer and hence passes through al; the refraction and forms a wave like pattern on the board behind. but, even if there are multiple atoms, how does it exhibit wavy pattern. So, if can anybody help me in understanding this, it would be appreciated.

prisat said:
@phinds, First of all don't jump to any conclusions by just reading a small paragraph written by that person. Just look at it from top level without any judgments.
I didn't read ANY paragraphs by "that person", I read a couple of sentences from you.
That's what this forum is all about.
What this forum is about is helping those who are making an attempt to help themselves. You did not appear to be doing that.
Second of all..Yes, I have done some research. I understand particle as that which exists in space at one particular point of time.
But as far as wave is concerned, definitions say that its a disturbance created in the medium when a particle moves from one point to another.
If we observe the pattern of the disturbance, it wavy in nature.
But i am stuck at a point , rather confused with the definition of a wave when I read about double slit experiment. I don't get the point where they say when single atom is send from two slits, it behaves like a wave. I get that a single atom converts into multiple atoms when there is no observer and hence passes through al; the refraction and forms a wave like pattern on the board behind. but, even if there are multiple atoms, how does it exhibit wavy pattern. So, if can anybody help me in understanding this, it would be appreciated.
It exhibits a wavy pattern because it acts like a wave if you don't force it to act like a particle. The "wavy pattern" is exactly that ... a pattern caused by a wave. The single photons act like they are waves because that is part of their nature (but only part; you can also get them to act like particles)

davenn