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Here is a thread on Quantum Mechanics.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by High Priest, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 4
    Not really anything i can say i have a understanding of, but if your bored it's something to read.

    -What is quantum mechanics?

    Simply put, quantum mechanics is the study of matter and radiation at an atomic level.

    -Why was quantum mechanics developed?

    In the early 20th century some experiments produced results which could not be explained by classical physics (the science developed by Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, etc.). For instance, it was well known that electrons orbited the nucleus of an atom. However, if they did so in a manner which resembled the planets orbiting the sun, classical physics predicted that the electrons would spiral in and crash into the nucleus within a fraction of a second. Obviously that doesn't happen, or life as we know it would not exist. (Chemistry depends upon the interaction of the electrons in atoms, and life depends upon chemistry). That incorrect prediction, along with some other experiments that classical physics could not explain, showed scientists that something new was needed to explain science at the atomic level.

    *****Quantum tunneling

    This is one of the most interesting phenomena to arise from quantum mechanics; without it computer chips would not exist, and a 'personal' computer would probably take up an entire room. As stated above, a wave determines the probability of where a particle will be. When that probability wave encounters an energy barrier most of the wave will be reflected back, but a small portion of it will 'leak' into the barrier. If the barrier is small enough, the wave that leaked through will continue on the other side of it. Even though the particle doesn't have enough energy to get over the barrier, there is still a small probability that it can 'tunnel' through it!

    Let's say you are throwing a rubber ball against a wall. You know you don't have enough energy to throw it through the wall, so you always expect it to bounce back. Quantum mechanics, however, says that there is a small probability that the ball could go right through the wall (without damaging the wall) and continue its flight on the other side! With something as large as a rubber ball, though, that probability is so small that you could throw the ball for billions of years and never see it go through the wall. But with something as tiny as an electron, tunneling is an everyday occurrence.

    On the flip side of tunneling, when a particle encounters a drop in energy there is a small probability that it will be reflected. In other words, if you were rolling a marble off a flat level table, there is a small chance that when the marble reached the edge it would bounce back instead of dropping to the floor! Again, for something as large as a marble you'll probably never see something like that happen, but for photons (the massless particles of light) it is a very real occurrence.

    *Here are some Pictures of atomic bomb's exploding... I put these in so that this thread would at least have some visual component even tho i cant really place a relation.

  2. Daddy Screw

    Daddy Screw Member

    Joined: Jun 15, 2002 Messages: 551 Likes Received: 29
    i drop bombs like hiroshima.
  3. Drunk Sober

    Drunk Sober Member

    Joined: Nov 7, 2003 Messages: 793 Likes Received: 1
    When I talk to Rammellzee, he talks about quantum mechanics and letters. It's some of the most interesting shit I have ever heard someone talk about. your mind naturaly performs quantum mechanics. reading about it confuses me though. Straight up Jedi shit nigga! check out the Rammellzee's site at gothicfuturism.com

    TURBOCAPSLOK Elite Member

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  5. StarzAbove

    StarzAbove Veteran Member

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  6. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    wheres mams at??!

    that fucker can split your head open with a radioactive isotope...
  7. Rodney Trotter

    Rodney Trotter Senior Member

    Joined: Aug 23, 2001 Messages: 1,683 Likes Received: 1
    Those pictures are cool. There is a book called something like '1000 Suns' that is purely pictures of nuclear explosions going off. Peep it.
  8. type R

    type R Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 23, 2001 Messages: 2,456 Likes Received: 1
    i remember some of this from school. quantum theory is supposed to be the most proven theory in the history of science. everything from computer chips to the scanners in a supermarket that scan your groceries rely on quantum mechanics, as do lasers and laser guided weapons. it also has to do with all of these theories about time travel and the multiverse.
  9. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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    "Thats interesting."
  10. test pattern

    test pattern Elite Member

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    very good thread. we need more threads like this.
  11. S@T@N

    [email protected]@N Senior Member

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  12. EyeforAnEYE

    EyeforAnEYE Elite Member

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    Scott Bakula would give this thread a thumbs up

    Very interesting
  13. shape1369

    shape1369 Member

    Joined: Apr 27, 2003 Messages: 557 Likes Received: 1
    Quantum mechanics is a very interesting subset of physics. the most intersting thing about it to me is that its all probability. nothing in quantum mechanics is ever described as going to happen, it only has a probability of happening.

    There is some very interesting communicative applications that might come in to play relatively soon through qauntum mechanics. As it turns out, the idea of particle duality extends so much that there are forms of paired particles that, no matter the amount of distance between them, experience the same forces when only one particle is acted upon. This in mind, one can imagine the capacity of instantaneous information transit through this particle property.

    The biggest problem with quantum mechanics is getting it to apply to the macroscopic world, or at least be compatible with. I had the very lucky experience of getting to listen to a lecture given by Stephen Hawking about the search for the Grand Unification Theory. The speech focused mainly on "branes" which are these interdimensional planes that permeate the universe. It was very very cool.

    Needless to say, I love this stuff, Im hoping to go to University of Chicago to study theoretical physics in grad school. Just gotta do things right as an undergrad.

    If anyone ever wants to talk physics, metaphysics or philosophy hit me up on aim: aimbiteshard