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JDude13
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If each particle's wavefunction is directly related to it's energy (E=hv), how cn we tell the difference between a slow, heavy particle and a light, fast particle?
How do you come to that conclusion? This is confusing energy relations, which can be found by looking under the heading "The relativistic energy-momentum equation" at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_in_special_relativity, with the de Broglie relation p = hf/c (I here use f for frequency). There is a universal relationship between particle momentum p and frequency, not particle energy E and frequency!The energy relation that you provided (E=hv) works only for massless particles, like the photon, which always moves at the speed of light. Therefore your question isn't quite consistent with the equation...
..oops, your equation is valid for all particle types. My mistake. I mistook your 'v' as somehow being related to velocity instead of the frequency...
oops, your equation is valid for all particle types. My mistake. I mistook your 'v' as somehow being related to velocity instead of the frequency.
Anyway, the answer to your question is that the momentum is different for particles of differing mass but with same energy.
If each particle's wavefunction is directly related to it's energy (E=hv), how cn we tell the difference between a slow, heavy particle and a light, fast particle?