# What is exactly meant by wave nature,does the particle move like a

1. Jul 30, 2010

### prudhvi mohan

what is exactly meant by wave nature,does the particle move like a wave or it moves along path of a wave or something other?(talking about macro sized particles)

2. Jul 30, 2010

### fatra2

Re: wave-particle

Hi there,

This is probably one of the most difficult concept to grab at first.

Einstein, Schrödinger, and others have shown that matter and energy is very closely related. From the most famous equation from Einstein E=mc2, you can see that matter can be transformed to energy, and vice-versa. Ok, for now no problem. We can see the difference between matter and energy.

But what can also come from this and other equation is that matter, sometimes, behaves like energy (or a photon), and that energy, sometimes, behaves like matter. This dual behavior only shows that to be able to completely understand and model different events, we need to consider one or the other or both.

Hope this helps. Cheers

3. Jul 30, 2010

### prudhvi mohan

Re: wave-particle

can u suggest me a book? I did end my+2 grade with lotmany doubts in this area

4. Jul 30, 2010

### Andrey

Re: wave-particle

Well surely this shows that matter and energy is one and the same? :)

5. Jul 30, 2010

### fatra2

Re: wave-particle

Hi there,

Not one, but that there is a duality principle. From my understanding, this implies that both can be used to explain the behavior of nature.

But they are very different otherwise, from one another.

Cheers

6. Jul 30, 2010

### Andrey

Re: wave-particle

Obviously they are different... one is a condensed energy that forms the structures of matter whilst the other is a energy not in a condensed state. Yet they are ultimately the same. Duality principle only exist when you choose to address the state of energy either as energy or as matter. In truth there is no duality as both are one and the same thing.

7. Jul 30, 2010

### prudhvi mohan

Re: wave-particle

what is exactly meant by behaving like a wave explain it a little more elaborate manner?

8. Jul 30, 2010

### Andrey

Re: wave-particle

OK. think of a particle whilst its stationery... what do you see? a stationery particle, right? Now think of this particle setting off on a jouney to a distant galaxy. So lets say it's going to travel from Galaxy A to Galaxy B. When it arrives at Galaxy B it becomes a stationery particle again because it occupies a given space, yet whilst travelling from Galaxy A and Galaxy B is was in a state of wave-function. Why? because between Galaxy A and Galaxy B it was 'moving' which prevented it from attaining a given point in space-time that could be measured and calculated. Thus a particle is only a particle when it is stationery, because it occupies a given space-time that can be measured. When it's not a particle it is a wave because it can be anywhere, there is NO SET point that it occupies. When you go a step further, it is neither the wave or the particle and it's both. Tricky? lol

9. Jul 30, 2010

### prudhvi mohan

Re: wave-particle

what is exactly meant by wave nature,does the particle move like a wave or it moves along path of a wave or something other?(talking about macro sized particles)

10. Jul 30, 2010

### prudhvi mohan

Re: wave-particle

came back to the first question again!!!!!

11. Jul 30, 2010