Here is part of an article that discusses what Bohm called "Quantum Potential"(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

From:http://www.upscale.utoronto.ca/GeneralInterest/Harrison/BellsTheorem/BellsTheorem.html Essentially, Bohm and his school re-interpreted the mathematics of Quantum Mechanics and extracted a part of the equation which they called the quantum potential. The quantum potential is non-local, and is responsible for all the non-local effects predicted by the theory.

The quantum potential guides, say, the path of an electron in a way similar to the way a radio beacon can guide an airplane coming in for a landing at the airport. It is the jets, ailerons, rudder, etc. on the plane that mechanically determines where the plane is going, but the beacon guides the way.

In Bohm's ontology electrons really are particles. For the case of, for example, the double slit experiment for electrons, each electron goes through either the upper slit or the lower slit; it has a definite path independent of its observation. However, the quantum potential is different depending on whether the other slit is open or closed; since this potential is non-local it can instantaneously change if the other slit is opened or closed. Thus the electron paths are different depending on whether or not the other slit is open.

Here is a summary of Issac Newton's definition of "Potential Energy" which I suppose can be classified as Classical Potential... although there are a billion physicists writing papers about "classical potential" that have nothing to do with Issac's definition of potential.

From: http://jersey.uoregon.edu/vlab/PotentialEnergy/ Potential Energy:

Potential energy exists whenever an object which has mass has a position within a force field. The most everyday example of this is the position of objects in the earth's gravitational field.

The potential energy of an object in this case is given by the relation:

PE = mgh

where

PE = Energy (in Joules)

m = mass (in kilograms)

g = gravitational acceleration of the earth (9.8 m/sec2)

h = height above earth's surface (in meters)

Does the word "potential" describe the same condition regardless of it being used in a Quantum context or a Classical context?

Thank you for considering my question here.

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# Quantum & Classical Potential?

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