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I've been watching the Teaching Company videos on quantum mechanics, and I have a few questions regarding energy quantization.

It seems he is saying that energy can only appear in the universe in discrete quantities, which explains blackbody radiation and the heat capacity results.

e=hf explains the relationship between energy and frequency, which implies that if we can only have certain discrete values of energy, we are only allowed to have certain values of f. Is this true, and if so, how do we generate the frequencies that are allowed?

Also, it seems like there must be some minimal energy delta between allowed energy states in order for energy to be quantized. What is this value, and how do we calculate it?

If I'm way off base, please enlighten me! I've been wondering about this stuff for a while.

Thanks,

Jim

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