The Wave Nature of Matter


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Which of the following defines wave-particle duality?

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1. Who was the first to mathematically express the full concept of wave-particle duality?

2. Why do everyday objects not show wave properties?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In the 20th century, it was discovered that particles of matter have many wave-like properties. This quiz/worksheet combo will teach you more about this concept, and test you on the science behind it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • The definition of wave-particle duality
  • Who introduced the complete concept of wave-particle duality
  • Why wave properties are not displayed by everyday objects
  • How to calculate the de-Broglie wavelength of an electron
  • Use of wave-particle duality

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the wave-particle duality of matter in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how to calculate wavelengths and apply the theory of wave-particle duality
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history behind the discovery of how matter moves in waves

Additional Learning

To learn more about the duality of waves and particles, review the corresponding lesson, The Wave Nature of Matter. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the development of knowledge about the wave-particle duality
  • Examine the de-Broglie wavelength
  • Provide an example of how to calculate wavelength
  • Discuss the electron microscope