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Classical Mechanics - Lecture 34

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Lecture 34 - Breakdown of Classical Mechanics

Classical Mechanics, in spite of all of its impressive predictive power, fails to explain many microscopic behaviors. This led to the development of Quantum Mechanics, where electrons orbit nuclei in discrete energy levels, light can behave as a particle, and particles behave as waves. The location of microscopic particles can only be expressed in terms of probabilities. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is discussed and demonstrated.

Prof. Walter Lewin
8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
http://ocw.mit.edu
Date accessed: 2008-12-12
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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