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Homework Help: MCQ problem

  1. Oct 30, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    It is an MCQ problem:
    How does the de Broglie wavelength λ associated with a particle compare to the size of the particle?
    (A) λ must be greater than the particle
    (B) λ must be less than he particle
    (C) λ could be larger and smaller than the particle

    2. Relevant equations

    I have used de Broglie's relation and Uncertainty principle.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    ∆x ∆p> h

    or, ∆x>(h/∆p)~λ as ∆p~p and ∆x is the particle's size in crude terms...

    Please check and tell me if I am correct
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  3. Oct 30, 2007 #2


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    Use thet equation for the de Broglie wavelength, or just just use logic.
    How could the de Broglie wavelength depend on the size of the particle?
  4. Oct 30, 2007 #3
    It could depend possibly in the way I showed...
    Think of high energy proton beam probing very fine structure...say of the order of picometer or fm

    fm is the order of classical proton picture~ nuclear dimension...

    It is a problem from Resnick Halliday and I do not find any reason to suspect this problem...
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