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Young's Experiment and the Wave-Particle Model

  1. Jan 2, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How do the results of performing Young's experiment with x-rays and then high speed electrons support the wave-particle model?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The experiment showed that an electron traveling at high speeds are capable of making interference patters, which is a characteristic of waves.

    I'm not sure as to what to add on to this, could you please help? Give me ideas?

    Thank you :)
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 2, 2013 #2
    Maybe talk about de Broglie's equation and its origins, discussing or providing pictures of the sort of fringe pattern you would see when light is passed through a diffraction grating and relate it to that. This is outside my understanding but maybe even look briefly (or deeply, depending on how big this assignment is) on the different understandings of why electrons behave as waves.
    Why is it in the macrophysical world that we could never model tennis balls as waves or other similar point objects? Is it because their relative speed is minute?

    Don't know if that helps, kinda suck at Physics but I'm trying to keep my knowledge in check - I got to or I'll barely pass Physics for a second time ;D Hope something I said did help!
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