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Chapter 31: Light Quanta
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Chapter Objectives:

  • Describe the historical development of the Quantum Theory.
  • Explain the relation of quantization and Plank's constant.
  • Describe the photoelectric effect.
  • Discuss light as waves and as particles.
  • Describe the double slit experiment and explain its significance.
  • Explain the uncertainty principle
  • Discuss the concept of complementarity.

Chapter Terms:

  • quantum theory
  • Planck's constant
    • h = 6.6 x 10-34 joule-second
  • photoelectric effect
  • uncertainty principle
  • complementarity

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Chapter Outline Framework:

  • Birth of the Quantum Theory
  • Quantization and Planck's Constant
  • Photoelectric Effect
  • Wave-Particle Duality
  • Double-Slit Experiment
  • Particles as Waves; Electron Diffraction
  • Uncertainty Principle
  • Complementarity

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